Investigations on the step-based research indices of Chambers and Miller

G.J. Woeginger

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In a recent paper, Chambers and Miller introduced two fundamental axioms for scientific research indices. We perform a detailed analysis of these two axioms, thereby providing clean combinatorial characterizations of the research indices that satisfy these axioms and of the so-called step-based indices. We single out the staircase indices as a particularly simple subfamily of the step-based indices, and we provide a simple axiomatic characterization for them. Keywords: Scientific impact measure; Citation analysis; Axiomatization
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-666
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Informetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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