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Title: Benchmarking research performance at the University. Level with information theoretic measures
Authors: García, J. A.
Rodríguez-Sánchez, Rosa
Fdez-Valdivia, J.
Robinson-García, Nicolás
Torres-Salinas, Daniel
Issue Date: 8-Oct-2012
Abstract: This paper presents a new method for comparing universities based on information theoretic measures. The research output of each academic institution is represented statistically by an impact-factor histogram. To this aim, for each academic institution we compute the probability of occurrence of a publication with impact factor in different intervals. Assuming the probabilities associated with a pair of academic institutions our objective is to measure the Information Gain between them. To do so, we develop an axiomatic characterization of relative information for predicting institution-institution dissimilarity. We use the Spanish university system as our scenario to test the proposed methodology for benchmarking three universities with the rest as a case study. For each case we use different scientific fields such as Information and Communication Technologies, Medicine & Pharmacy, and Economics & Business as we believe comparisons must take into account their disciplinary context. Finally we validate the Information Gain values obtained for each case with previous studies.
Series/Report no.: Scientometrics
Keywords: Information gain
Institution-institution similarity
Impact factor
Information theoretic measure
Information conservation constraint
Benchmarking research output
Universities
Bibliometric indicators
Research evaluation
Research Policy
Higher Education
Spain
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/21993
ISSN: 0138-9130
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
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