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I would like to propose a new tag: Algorithms

Failing that, can someone suggest the correct tag to use if one submits an algorithm?

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    The compsci tag probably covers this, I think?

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      I don’t really see “CompSci” as covering an article about the polynomial time algorithm for identifying whether a number is prime, but maybe that view is coloured by being a PhD in math who has ended up doing a lot of computing.

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        If that isn’t computer science, I don’t know what is. Granted, that’s closer to maths than most of it, but it’s still stereotypically computer science.

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          That sounds very much like computer science to me.

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            IMHO as soon as you’re determining the time or space an algorithm requires, you’re in the realm of CompSci. After all, those metrics only work in a framework where you compute :-)

            (but that may be my German-colored view of CompSci, which is rooted in math and depending on the department, in math only, unlike other regions where CompSci has a closer relationship to electrical engineering)

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          Maths, compsci and/or programming covers it all in my opinion. Not needed I think.

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            I would like to propose a new tag: Algorithms

            When suggesting new tags it is good practice to list a bunch of lobste.rs submissions that would deserve the tag. I haven’t seen many articles that are purely about algorithms so I’m not sure I support the creation of an “Algorithm” tag.

            Failing that, can someone suggest the correct tag to use if one submits an algorithm?

            When no tag applies to the story you’re submitting you can use the “programming” one.

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              There have been several occasions where I’ve come across algorithms and come here to submit them, then not done so because they’re not about programming, they’re about algorithms, and no other existing tag really fits.

              So perhaps there’re aren’t many existing submissions that would use the tag because the tag is absent, and people thereby don’t submit things that would use it.

              Then again, maybe an article that’s about an algorithm without being about programming doesn’t really fit the direction of this site, but that’s why I’ve asked the question.

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                I personally would like to see algorithm posts, so I do recommend posting them, under compsci tag. After a while we could check how they are received.

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                  There have been several occasions where I’ve come across algorithms and come here to submit them, then not done so because they’re not about programming, they’re about algorithms, and no other existing tag really fits.

                  I suspect that compsci or programming or math could all work.

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                    Could you list some of the articles you wanted to submit but didn’t?

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                      It’s been too long, I don’t have any in mind now, and can’t remember those that I passed over. I know that Lobsters is more focussed and usually don’t consider posting things here because my interests are, in general, not strongly aligned, so when I’ve been reading, Lobsters has usually not come to mind.

                      I know there have been some, but I can’t say what they were. After this discussion I’ll pay more attention.

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                        When in doubt, just post it with the best fitting tag, or programming if you’re not sure. Few will mind if you use a “wrong” tag if it’s an interesting article and the suggest mechanism can correct this.