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Are questions about analyzing and/or processing human/disease data on topic?

I'm tasked with obtaining some data about chronic disease on an human population. One of these is to identify people with a chronic disease from the data set. Since chronic diseases definition varies ...
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Should pure statistics questions be on topic?

This question was prompted by differential gene expression complex design no replicates. While that question isn't very clear, it seems to be essentially asking for help on applying statistical ...
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Where are the bioinformatics questions in other SE sites? (Community wiki)

Subject: This page is specified for discussion for feature development to link this site with other sites those too containing bioinformatics question. Related: should we import questions from ...
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Are questions about installing bioinformatics tools on topic?

Should we allow questions asking for help installing specific tools? Some of the tools that are commonly used in bionformatics are non-trivial to install. They can require other packages, environment ...
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Questions about commercial products where there are official support channels

Though inspired by this question, this tends to come up more often in relation to CLC Workbench. On occasion, people using commercial closed-source packages will post questions about using said tools ...
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How do we feel about questions that are essentially about text parsing?

A lot of the daily tasks of a bioinformatician can be boiled down to simple text parsing. Yes, we will be dealing with text files containing some form of biological data, but the answer might not ...
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Serving as a “support forum” for specific tools

One of the nice features of biostars is that the site is open to people using it as a forum for supporting their own tools (i.e., as a replacement for a tool-specific email list). The tool authors ...
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Should we allow questions about biology?

How do we feel about questions about biological principles that can be confusing to a bioinformatician with no background in biology? While purely biological questions should, I think, be off topic ...
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How much this site is/ going to be on-topic to bio student lacking a proper IT and stat base?

I felt like if anyone have to learn bioinformatics in the 'proper' way, conceptually; then a base of statistics, data-modelling and computer-programing is a prerequisite. But biology students of most ...