### A Q.

Q: Does a researcher exhibit different styles in writing single-authored vs multi-authored papers?

Assuming one can collect all the publications and publication data, holding down the different variables and doing any principled analysis on extremely sparse signals one faces will be a challenge, so we may just have to go with anecdotal support! :)

Assuming one can collect all the publications and publication data, holding down the different variables and doing any principled analysis on extremely sparse signals one faces will be a challenge, so we may just have to go with anecdotal support! :)

## 2 Comments:

Don't forget the collinear variables--i.e.

"multi-authored" papers that are actually single-authored. Now that is not a non-sparse signal.

Hi Meena,

True! I hoped there would be some signal in nominally multi-authored papers that are in fact single-authored (or at least n-authored paper that is in fact < n-authored).

-- metoo

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