This is in the spirit of Where to draw the line between programming, signal processing, and mathematics?, but I'm wondering if a question on the statistical analysis of a particular calculation would be on topic? I have what I think it a good question about declaring statistical significance of mean squared coherence values.

I know it might be on topic at Cross Validated, but I think that the knowledge of the distribution of these values might be more within the purview of signal processing.


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My answer to your question is at the bottom, but it needs some explaining before I get there.

I feel like this question is saying "We have a site that this question would fit on, but..."

  • "but it is relevant to us also"
  • or "but we will have a different view point then them"

If the question could be asked on another site and get a good answer there, then it should be there an not here. However, it is true that many times you can get a better explanation from someone in the same field as you. The reason for this is that someone in the same field as you is able to give examples that are relevant to you. For that reason, if the question can be asked specific enough to signal processing, then by all means ask it here. However, if the question is too broad then this is not the best place for it.

So to your specific example of statistical significance of mean squared coherence values, tie the question back to what this means for a signal processing person and I think it would be on-topic.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your reply. I think it's going to end up that it's more on topic for Cross Validated than here. I suppose I could narrow down the statistical theory portion, but then there wouldn't be much left to chew on. $\endgroup$
    – jonsca
    Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 13:53

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