Based on this question, there are many who feel that a image processing and computer vision should be given higher visibility on this site. The separate proposal for a CV/IP site has not succeeded, so I am asking the community whether we want to incorporate some / all of those words in our site title?

We may be able to convince the SE gods that this is good, provided we come up with a decent proposal and that proposal has good support.

The possibilities are:

  • No change.
  • Keep dsp.stackexchange.com but title the site Signal and Image Processing
  • Change the URL to sip.stackexchange.com and title the site Signal and Image Processing.
  • Keep the URL dsp.stackexchange.com and change the title to <<insert your title here>>.
  • Change the URL to <<insert your preference here>> and change the title to <<insert your title here>>.

Please read this post about name changing. Main points to note:

  • Sites with & in the title are generally frowned upon, but not impossible.
  • This name change is a one-time thing. No redos.

Also please read this post on Area 51 made during the site's formation.


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I think sticking to the way things are now is not a bad idea. A good example is the IEEE signal processing society. You got many sub-fields that just fall under the same head denomination, but defined with common technical interests as Technical Committees that focus on various signal processing related activities.

Maybe something with the same dsp.stackexchange.com URL and the same Signal Processing title but with additional description down with the various subfields, maybe something like what Cross Validated has done:

Cross Validated is a question and answer site for people interested in statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining, and data visualization. It's 100% free, no registration required.

  • $\begingroup$ Wise, up to Forensics. However, Trans. PAMI is not in IEEE signal processing society $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ No, but IEEE Trans. Image Processing is part of IEEE-SP. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 3:30

I think we better change the name into Signal and Image Processing.
I'm not sure on the URL, But I think I would go with sip.stackexchange.com.

The reasoning is simple, many of the questions deals with image-processing, the most popular tag on this site.

Yet most of them are by beginners. And why is that?

Simple, if you're advanced in the field of Image Processing, you don't go to Signal Processing forums.

So the name change might bring into the community advanced Image Processing people which now will see this as their home.

With time, we'll see more advanced questions on the topic and larger community.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I've edited this a little. The image-processing tag is actually the most popular on the site, as far as I can see. That's a very good indication that we should move in that direction. $\endgroup$
    – Peter K. Mod
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ I think Signal and Image Processing is a fine name, but I would be wary of eliminating the DSP.SE address. If a new address such as sip.stackexchange.com was used, is it acceptable to keep dsp.stackexchange.com as well? $\endgroup$
    – Jason R
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ I would be wary of changing the DSP subdomain, although it is possible to setup redirections. Changing the title and possibly description of the DSP SE site would probably be enough to reflect the content of the questions that are discussed currently on the site. $\endgroup$
    – A_A
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 11:19
  • $\begingroup$ A good solution for the URL thing can be having dsp.stackexchange.com move visitors to sip.stachexchange.com. This will keep all the SEO efforts relevant. $\endgroup$
    – Royi
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 11:42
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    $\begingroup$ Keep in mind that signals.stackexchange.com is already the official name for the site. meta.dsp.stackexchange.com/questions/1/… $\endgroup$
    – datageist Mod
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ Isn't an image just a 2-dimensional signal? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 11, 2016 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for Signal and Image Processing, -1 for sip.stackexchange.com. DSP includes image processing already. $\endgroup$
    – endolith
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ SIP means something entirely different though to people who work with telecomms. $\endgroup$
    – Paul R
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 6:08

https://stats.stackexchange.com/ apparently kept the base url stats, while named Cross Validated. dsp is widely indexed, I would not modify it.

Since the "name change is a one-time thing", I'd suggest to give it some time. Although quite long, I propose "Signal Processing, Image Analysis". I make a difference between:

  • processing: data in, data out,
  • analysis: data in, features out.

I genuinely believe people look for "analysis" too. I have experienced that it is difficult to explain what we do. Everybody "understands" mathematics, statistics, physics. Those are genuine "science" names. Our community misses a real name, with greek roots. One can forge "dedomenology", from dedomena, for data, or information given. But the world is not ready for that.

And now for a completely different proposal: I have been using the acronym SIVA for Signal, Image, Video Analysis. But one can read Samples, Information, Vision. This may remind us of the Hindu pantheon god, both a creator and a destructor, which is what we do with data and noise. Only for the shared ideas.

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    $\begingroup$ This writing is too distinctive and implies Signal Processing and Image Analysis as Image Processing is not here. Most courses on University are called Image Processing. Just like Signal Processing includes Signal Analysis this i the term used. Though I agree with you that processing is a step in Analysis. Yet it is not our job to fix this, our job is to bring advanced people from the worlds of Image Processing, and this is the way. $\endgroup$
    – Royi
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 11:39
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, Maybe Signal and Image Processing and Computer Vision would be the perfect things. $\endgroup$
    – Royi
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 11:41

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