The two tags and appear to be encompassing the same scope. Does it make sense to keep both, or should they be merged? If they are different, how?

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They're describing different things. Deterministic wallets derive all keys from a seed. Hierarchical deterministic wallets derive subkeys from a seed, and generate subkeys from those. That allows you to share part of a wallet with someone else, which isn't possible with deterministic wallets.

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    I get the feeling that the current tagging doesn't reflect this difference though. :/
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 0:13
  • Are there there currently any deterministic wallets that are not HD? I thought those were something that died out when HD came along.
    – Jestin
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 14:58

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