Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Top X (Contd)

I remember the STOC/FOCS bibliography that David Johnson did a while ago (from 91, can't find an online copy). I was in grad school then and was infinitely interested in the top X lists, eg., the list of top X researchers with all time high STOC/FOCS publications (the top was Andy Yao then with Avi Wigderson on his heels if my foggy memory is correct). These days, it has become somewhat more easier to compile such lists, one just works with favorite data source such as DBLP (still, there are challenges). Here is an interesting study by Marios Hadjieleftheriou from AT&T. The focus (and perhaps the bias in DBLP) is on Database Research but towards the end, it has some nice lists on STOC/FOCS and even, gasp, SODA.


Blogger Mihai said...

Interesting. Thanks for the link. So overall we have far smaller numbers in STOC/FOCS. Is this maybe because we take less credit for student work?

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at the conference lists and it is not clear there is a lot of difference between the two groups.
STOC/FOCS/SODA and SIGMOD/VLDB/ICDE have similar high number (71 vs 78) but the distribution is denser in SVI. If you consider only STOC/FOCS vs only SIGMOD/VLDB, I would conjecture that Avi's total in SF may triumph in the best from SV.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the DBLP statistics technically correct?

I mean, for instance, when you look at some of the authors in "Top 10 authors with most number of papers within the same year" (conference statistics), there are multiple authors with the same name. All of their papers end up getting listed under the same name (though the authors' affiliations & backgrounds are different).

9:48 PM  

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