We introduce archetypal analysis as a tool to describe and categorize scientists. This approach identifies typical characteristics of extreme (’archetypal’) values in a multivariate data set. These positive or negative contextual attributes can be allocated to each scientists under investigation. In our application, we use a sample of seven bibliometric indicators for 29,083 economists obtained from the RePEc database and identify six archetypes. These are mainly characterized by ratios of published work and citations. We discuss applications and limitations of this approach. Finally, we assign relative shares of the identified archetypes to each economist in our sample.
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- Christian Seiler & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2011.
"Ranking Economists on the Basis of Many Indicators: An Alternative Approach Using RePEc Data,"
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3691, CESifo Group Munich.
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"Measuring economic journals’ citation efficiency: A data envelopment analysis approach,"
29893, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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