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Friday, October 22, 2010

New Ways to Map Influence

In Fastcompany.  An idea we also examined.  How do you figure out where useful ideas come from?  And why they sometimes do not have the influence you might expect?   Paper citation tracking often does not give you the insight you might expect. 

" ... Princeton researchers have developed a new method that tracks the origins of influential ideas. The traditional way of measuring influence in academic journals is by citation count, and online search engines use links and traffic to determine which sites are most relevant to your search. The Princeton approach is more direct. By running computer algorithms on the actual text of a set of documents, and analyzing how their language changes over time, the researchers are able to track the origin and spread of new ideas ... "

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