The tag "zeta-function" seems to have been made synonomous with "riemann-zeta".

This came up in the comments section of this question.

Perhaps this should be reconsidered. There are other zeta-functions besides Riemann's. (Apart from other zeta-functions occuring in number-theory/arithmetic geometry, there are also Selberg zeta-functions, various dynamical zeta-functions, and so on.)

What do people think?


The tags have been un-synonymized and I've renamed to .

  • $\begingroup$ @Qiachou: Dear Qiaochu, Thanks for this! Best wishes, $\endgroup$ – Matt E Jun 17 '11 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ I think there's nothing wrong with keeping zeta-function and riemann-zeta synonymous, while having another tag zeta-functions for those posts about one or more zeta functions other than Riemann's. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jun 17 '11 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ I think having both [zeta-function] and [zeta-functions] is mildly confusing and I don't completely trust the average user to make that distinction... $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Jun 17 '11 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ Ideally someone (perhaps @Matt) would be so kind as to write a Tag Wiki (or just a short blurb) to help disambiguate! :) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jun 17 '11 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Gerry: Dear Gerry, I agree with Qiaochu that it would be confusing to have [zeta-function] and [zeta-functions] as different tags. I agree that the current set-up (i.e. having the tags [zeta-functions] and [Riemann-zeta]) will lead to people posting questions about Riemann zeta with the more general tag [zeta-functions] (which I guess was the reason for the merge in the first place), but I don't know what the best solutions is. Perhaps writing Tag Wiki's as Willie suggests. Regards, $\endgroup$ – Matt E Jun 18 '11 at 0:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: Dear Willie, Thanks for the kind invitation! I'll try to do this. Best wishes, $\endgroup$ – Matt E Jun 18 '11 at 0:13

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