Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rankings and metrics - yet again

I (along with my departmental colleagues) was very happy to see this.  My department does extremely well in a particular ranking scheme (described in the original paper here and implemented online here, though you need to ask for password access) that asks, essentially, what fraction of the papers published by a department fall into the top 10% in terms of impact in an area.  We can debate about the flaws of any ranking scheme (hint:  they're all imperfect, because quantifying scientific quality and impact in a single number is fundamentally wrong-headed).  Still, it is nice to see an approach that agrees well with much intuition (that is, the usual top-10 suspects all look pretty good; schools that don't do much research in an area rank lower) where Rice does well. 

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