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What kind of questions can I ask here? (what is included)

Computer Science - Stack Exchange is a Q&A site for computer scientists and people interested in computer science. We welcome computer science questions from students, researchers, and practitioners.

Computer science here is defined in the general sense, including topics like

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Networks and Internet Architecture
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Graphics
  • Databases
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Machine Learning
  • Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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What kind of questions can I ask here? (what is excluded)

However programming and software development questions are more suitable for StackOverflow and Software Engineering. Please post your programming and software development questions on them.

Questions that are not scientific but rather about managing and using computers should be posted on SuperUser or other relevant SE sites.

Questions about academics and careers which are not specific to computer science should be posted on Academia.

Mathematical questions without explicit computer science motivation or relation should be posted on Mathematics.

If you have a question about the site, please ask on meta instead.

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Can I ask my homework questions here?

According to our policy, there is no special treatment on this site regarding homework questions.

If you let others solve your homework, you are cheating mostly yourself. So we recommend you make a serious attempt yourself which should be included in your question in order to make it a good one. Keep in mind that you can ask answerers to give you hints rather than full answers.

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What kind of questions can I ask here? (what is better off elsewhere)

Some questions are ontopic, but you may get better answers on specialised sites.

Research-level theoretical computer science questions are the focus on Theoretical Computer Science - Stack Exchange.

Scientific computing in all its flavors is discussed on Computational Science - Stack Exchange.

Statistics, machine learning and data mining are at home on CrossValidated.


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