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?


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
    Jan 10 '17 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
    Jan 10 '17 at 14:58

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