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New year, new tag management thread.

Rules of the game are basically the same:

  • Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see
    • A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: «if I can't imagine a person classifying a tag as either interesting or ignored, I'm getting rid of it»),
    • A tag that should be a synonym of an existing one,
    • A tag that used for two or more completely unrelated things,
    • A need to create a new tag;
  • Upvote/downvote/comment as your agree/disagree with suggestions, so please post different suggestions in separate answers;
  • Wait a couple of days before implementing a suggestion.
  • After the problem described in an answer is resolved, please edit it to say so.
  • If your tag suggestion exists in a separate question, please provide a link to the question in your suggestion.

See also:

Also, note that one may use [tag:calculus] for , i.e. tags on the main site, and [meta-tag:discussion] for , i.e. for tags on the meta site.

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Proposal to blacklist

Reason: It's overly broad and there is no real mathematical content in it. Also, the tag has been created and removed several times.

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    $\begingroup$ As currently defined, it doesn't seem likely to be useful or consistently applied. It doesn't mean what I'd expect it to either, which would be something about dentifying different classes of theorem or proof and generic approaches to generalising ttem. So it's possibly a misleading tag too. $\endgroup$ – timtfj Jan 31 at 2:07
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    $\begingroup$ I will add a link to the previous post about this tag: Is “generalization” a good tag? $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jan 31 at 4:03
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Apparently we have tags and , with 10 and 20 questions respectively (including 1 with both), different tag excerpts, and a tag wiki for the first one only. I don't know the topic very well, but the excerpts seem to describe essentially the same context. Should these tags be merged?

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Resolved. The tags and have been renamed and , respectively.

Proposal: pluralize and

Putting names of mathematical objects in their plural form is a common practice, e.g. . We should treat "triangles" and "polygons" equally.

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Resolved. has been renamed .

Proposal: rename "generalizedeigenvector" to "generalized-eigenvector"

Pledge originally initiated by WillG in this suggested tag wiki excerpt edit. I support this proposal since it's a common pratice to separate words with hyphens in tag names in order to increase readability, like , , , etc.

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Partially resolved. has been synonymized into . A consensus has not yet been reached on the name change to .

Proposal: rename "topological-quantum-field-theory" to "topological-quantum-field-theories" and synonymise it with the tag "tqft"

An old question of mine recently had a couple of attempts to change the tags, which were approved (and I agree). In the process, the new tag was created, which I agree is better than the previous tag. However, a topological quantum field theory is a mathematical object like a group or a functor, and so the tag should be pluralised to distinguish it from a subject.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wait, theories? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mar 7 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila A topological quantum field theory is a functor from a cobordism category to a category of vector spaces (with some extra properties). There are many such functors, and so one usually wants to study them as a class of objects. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Mar 7 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ There is already a separate post which is related to this: Some ideas on tags about physical field theory. I will add that creating a synonym between this tag and (tqft) seems like a reasonable idea. (So that both names are left in the system.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 7 at 14:14
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    $\begingroup$ The first sentence made me cry from the inside, I have to admit. It's always a bit weird when your topic is the object. Group theorists don't study "group theories" per se, they study groups. And category theorists don't study "theories of category" per se, they study categories. Sure, you could argue that in fact we study the theories (is this consistent, does this imply that, etc.) but in reality we think about them in semantic terms. So it just surprises me every time when the "theory" part is the object, rather than the syntactic backbone of the object. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mar 7 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak thanks I hadn't seen that recent post (which explains why the recent edits were made). I agree that it should be a synonym, so I've edited this post. Asaf, I agree the naming convention is... unfortunate. I think this is a holdover from its history in physics. In fact it's possible that physicists may still study TQFT as a 'subject' rather than as an object. I'm not enough of an expert to comment on that. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Mar 7 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for your post. I suggest "topological-quantum-field-theory" is better, just like we have plenty of different "string theories"(type I, type IIA, type IIB, Heterotic etc.) and still call them "string theory" :-) $\endgroup$ – Andrews Mar 7 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Andrews I think the usage is different. A TQFT is an 'object' which is studied in mathematics as one member of a class of objects. A particular string theory is a sub-discipline of the subject-area 'string theory' and is not an 'object'. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Mar 7 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ Still, "topological quantum field theory" as the subject seems to be widely used. For example, googling "topological quantum field theories" returns mostly articles titled "topological quantum field theory", some of which are written by reputable mathematicians (e.g. Aatiyah). Are you suggesting that the subject form is not used among mathematicians working on that subject? (What do they call it then?) $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Mar 24 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexanderGruber It's a good question and I don't feel close enough to give an answer. My limited exposure to TQFTs has always been as objects that are studied within category theory/low dimensional topology, but obviously there is a history in mathematical physics to consider. Atiyah's paper is maybe not the best reference point as it was literally the introduction of the definition and things have evolved greatly since then, such as Lurie's classification. Perhaps it's best to check which questions have already been tagged and try to work out which usage seems to be most prevalent. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Mar 25 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ If someone with a bit more authority on TQFTs would like to offer their suggestion, that would also be useful. Alternatively, we could make a community wiki post and ask people to vote up/down for their preference. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Mar 25 at 0:24
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Proposal : tag(s) for accessible and locally presentable categories

A couple months ago someone created (among others) the tags locally presentable categories and accessible categories, but they were removed. Now this is not really my specialty, but I think these tags could be useful, and in fact I was surprised to learn from Martin Sleziak that this was the first time they appeared.

Both topics give some search results on the site, and there seems to be no tag more precise than "category theory" on the questions about them. By the way, the tags exist on MO, and there are also a book and a lot of articles on the subject.

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  • $\begingroup$ I've created the tag for locally presentable categories; more info here $\endgroup$ – Arnaud D. Mar 26 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ And now I've added the tag "accessible categories". $\endgroup$ – Arnaud D. 4 hours ago
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Resolved. is now .

Proposal: pluralize

Because… well, you know: there are two of them.

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Proposal: synonymize with

Notice that they are indeed different tags, as the former has user guidance, the latter doesn't. But they are essentially the same thing, i.e. a numerical method to solve first-order first-degree differential equations with a given initial value.

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Resolved. was removed.

Proposal: remove "continuoustime" tag

The tag has zero questions currently.

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    $\begingroup$ If a tag has no question it dissappears after a day. There is no way for us to remove a tag "more" than having no more questions with it. (Note that the page would still exist, eg this-tag-does-not-exist.) $\endgroup$ – quid Feb 25 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ To add to, here is an older post with a more detailed explanation: Deleting Tags after being created. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Feb 26 at 2:27
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Resolved: is now created.

Proposal: Create "mirror symmetry" tag

mirror symmetry is already a tag in MO, and there're already several questions about it now in MSE: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5).

Here is an introductory to mirror symmetry mathematically which says mirror symmetry introduces a correspondence between complex geometry and symplectic geometry, so actually it doesn't require strong physical background in string theory (physically).


I've already created and begin to add this tag to relevant questions gradually, and welcome to improve tag info and usage :)

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  • $\begingroup$ I will add a link to a short conversation about this tag in the tagging chatroom: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/3740/conversation/… $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 23 at 10:25
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    $\begingroup$ This is probably obvious, but the tag-info should clearly say what the tag is intended for. (Since many users when seeing the tag called mirror-symmetry will use it for problems related to reflections w.r.t. line/plane in geometry and not about the use in string theory, algebraic geometry and related areas.) So maybe it might be useful to suggest what the tag-excerpt and tag-wiki might look like. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 23 at 10:47
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    $\begingroup$ A way which could decrease the likelihood of such misuse of this new tag would be choosing a longer name which makes this distinction clear. (There are already a few such tags, for example, we have (lattice-orders) and (integer-lattices instead of just (lattices). Or (magma) and (magma-cas) to distinguish two different meanings of the word magma.) But I have to admit that I don't have a suggestion of a suitable name which would distinguish this tag from symmetry in geometry. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 23 at 10:48
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    $\begingroup$ Can you set up a more descriptive tag info? For example, please list several different aspects of the subject and for each cases, suggests some more suitable tags. (and mirror symmetry is not only about CY, at least they also study the mirror of some fano manifolds) $\endgroup$ – Arctic Char Mar 24 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ @ArcticChar OK. And if you're familiar with mirror symmetry, you can help improve tag info, too. $\endgroup$ – Andrews Mar 25 at 7:03
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Proposal: pluralize , , , and .

(To match , , , , and , as well as the general philosophy of having things be plural.)

I'm actually not super convinced signed graphs are common enough to deserve their own tag, but if they are to have one it should be consistent with the other tags.

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Resolved. is created.

Proposal: Create "semisimple-lie-algebras" tag

Semisimple lie algebras is an important class of Lie algebras, and we already have tag .

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  • $\begingroup$ I hope that I have not been presumptious, but there seems to be no objection to this tag, so I went ahead and created it $\endgroup$ – Xander Henderson 23 hours ago
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Proposal: rename "singularvalues" to "singular-values"

There's no usage guidance and tag wiki yet.

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Proposal: Create tag "squarefree" and its related tag info

I was surprised to find that we don't have a "squarefree" tag. There are about 350 Questions on Math.SE that mention "squarefree" (and about three times that many if all posts are included). Among other advantages, a tag would provide the wikia summary of basic ideas for this topic in number theory (or perhaps a bit more generally).

I have a dim memory of a discussion of "squarefree" vs. "quadratfrei" as terminology goes, but I can't find it on Meta Math (so maybe it was on a different site or newsgroup altogether).

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Proposal: create "linear-fractional-transformation", and synonymize with and .

They refer to the same thing in most basic cases.

Tag is really hard to notice its exsitence, and it only has 16 questions for almost 6 years.

Here's some discussion about this.

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    $\begingroup$ Isn't a linear fractional transformation more general? My understanding is that an LFT may be defined over any field, whereas a Möbius transformation is specifically an LFT over $\mathbb{C}$. This distinction may not require two distinct tags, but perhaps the tag "linear-fractional-transformation" should be created, with both lft and mobius-transformation being synonymized with that new tag? $\endgroup$ – Xander Henderson 23 hours ago
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Proposal: create tag "stochastic-programming"

Reason:

  1. It's an area of research.
  2. There's over a hundred stochastic programming questions.
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Proposal: create "visualisation" for

The tag synonym instructions suggest the following.

If you know of common, alternate spellings or phrasings for this tag, add them here so we can automatically correct them in the future. For example, suggest “bike” as a synonym for bicycle, or “sock” for socks.

In , we use "visualisation" instead of . French regular verbs end more commonly in "-ser" then in "-zer". Searching "visualization" on French.SE gives you nothing. Since French and English develop independently and interdependently, both spellings appear in the Anglo-Saxon world. Thus, "visualisation" can be qualified as an alternate spelling of .

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think it's really worth creating French version of every tag... On the other hand, I think this spelling is sometimes used in British English, so it could be useful. $\endgroup$ – Arnaud D. Feb 16 at 23:05
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    $\begingroup$ Once one has types 'visuali' the system will propose the tag. Not needed. Plus, what about opitimiz|sation, and all its variations. Parametriz|sation etc. $\endgroup$ – quid Feb 25 at 19:25

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