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A fuzzy-based scoring rule for author ranking


  • Marta Cardin

    () (Department of Economics, Ca� Foscari University of Venice.)

  • Marco Corazza

    () (Department of Economics, Ca� Foscari University of Venice; Advanced School of Economics in Venice.)

  • Stefania Funari

    () (Department of Management, Ca� Foscari University of Venice.)

  • Silvio Giove

    () (Department of Economics, Ca� Foscari University of Venice.)


The measurement of the quality of research has reached nowadays an increasing interest not only for scientific reasons but also for the critical problem of researchers' ranking, due to the lack of grant assignments. The most commonly used approach is based on the so-called $h$-index, even if the current literature debated a lot about its pros and cons. This paper, after a brief review of the $h$-index and of alternative models, focuses on the characterization and the implementation of a modified scoring rule approach by means of a fuzzy inference system a l� Sugeno.

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  • Marta Cardin & Marco Corazza & Stefania Funari & Silvio Giove, 2011. "A fuzzy-based scoring rule for author ranking," Working Papers 2011_11, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2011_11

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    1. Muhammad Imtiaz Subhani & Amber Osman & Syed Akif Hasan & Muhammad Saad & Sabeen Mir, 2013. "Formulation of Advanced H-Index: The S-Index," South Asian Journal of Management Sciences (SAJMS), Iqra University, Iqra University, vol. 7(2), pages 63-70, Fall.

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    Research evaluation; bibliometrics; author ranking; $h$-index; scoring rules; fuzzy inference system.;

    JEL classification:

    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • Z19 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Other

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