Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yet Another DBLP feature

I used a feature in DBLP recently: type in "venue:FOCS" or SODA or whatever, and you get useful stats on the conference including the total number of papers, number of papers per year, most prolific authors and their count of papers, etc. Try this. Simple groupbys are so entertaining!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also hope to have a weighted count, i.e. if a paper has 2 authors, then it only counts for half for each.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was assuming that STOC and FOCS are essentially indistinguishable, but the DBLP lists suggest that some people have completely different numbers of publications between these two conferences. Say, Alon has 29 FOCS and 17 STOC, while Wigderson has 28 FOCS and 43 STOC. Any reason why?

3:54 AM  
Blogger S said...

I am conflicted about how to count multi-authored papers. In some research labs, having 3 employees from 3 different "groups" write a paper counts for 3 times brownie points.

It is not clear dividing them proportionally is a solution, and can lead to detailed weighting schemes: who is the student, postdoc, yaada yaada yaada.

One suggestion for DBLP feature is to maybe just list number of individually authored papers as a filter on the right.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowadays I'd consider many single authored papers a minus when evaluating a candidate. A well chosen team of n scientific collaborators is more that n-times as productive. So I'd consider the lack of ability to assemble such teams a clear drawback of the candidate.

6:48 PM  
Blogger metoo said...

Anon 2: I have been curious about the social preference, jinx, schedules, or simply happenstance that people associate with FOCS vs STOC. But I don't know of a detailed empirical study to show there is a systematic bias.

10:09 AM  
Blogger metoo said...

Anon 3: Over drinks and private meetings, people seem to express certain bravado about their single-author papers. But I like your "ability to assemble a team" argument.

10:12 AM  

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