Friday, December 13, 2013

A Whole Bunch of Lists I'm Not On

Who is Bigger?: We have developed computational methods to measure historical significance through analysis of Wikipedia and other data sources. We rank historical figures just as Google ranks webpages, by integrating a diverse set of measurements about their reputation (including PageRank, article length, and readership) into estimates of their fame, explained by a combination of achievement (gravitas) and celebrity. We correct for the passage of time in a principled way, so we can fairly compare the significance of historical figures of different eras.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

#4 is Canada? Canada? Really? That suggests there is something very wrong with their computations.

Jeff

Bill Crider said...

Check out the list of actors.

Anonymous said...

You mean, like, Cliff Richard?

Cliff has a 39 year break between films.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

Well, when I'm thinking "actress" amd "gravitas" Madonna is certainly right up there with me.


Jeff

Cap'n Bob said...

So Pussy Tebeau is mentioned in the Baseball category but not Mickey Mantle, Wiilie Mays, Yogi Berra, Stan Muscial, Lou Gherig, Whitey Ford, or Carl Yazstremski. What a wasted effort.