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Math. Comput. Appl. 2016, 21(3), 26; doi:10.3390/mca21030026

New Nonlinear Metrics Model for Information of Individual Research Output and Its Applications

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
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Received: 6 May 2016 / Revised: 17 June 2016 / Accepted: 21 June 2016 / Published: 30 June 2016
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Abstract

Evaluation on achievement of scientists plays an important role in efficiently mining information of human resources. A metrics model, which is employed to calculate the number of academic papers, research awards and scientific research projects, often significantly affects the degree of fairness as it is used to compare the achievements of more than one scientist. In particular, it often becomes difficult to quantify the achievement for each scientist if there are a lot of participants in the same research output. In this paper, a new nonlinear metrics model, called a credit function, is established to mine the information of the individual research outputs (IRO). An example is constructed to show that different credit functions may generate distinct ranking for the scientists. By the proposed nonlinear methods in this paper, the inequality relation of contribution in the same IRO can be quantified, and the obtained ranking on the scientists is more acceptable than the existing linear method available in the literature. Finally, the proposed metrics model is applied in solving three practical problems, especially combined with the technique for order preference by similarity to an ideal solution (TOPSIS). View Full-Text
Keywords: infometrics; multi-criteria decision-making; data mining; individual research output infometrics; multi-criteria decision-making; data mining; individual research output
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Chen, M.; Wan, Z. New Nonlinear Metrics Model for Information of Individual Research Output and Its Applications. Math. Comput. Appl. 2016, 21, 26.

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