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Statistical Aspects

  • Henk F. MoedEmail author
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Part of the Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Scientific and Scholarly Communication book series (QQASSC)

Abstract

This chapter dedicates attention to three important statistical issues in applied informetrics: Are journal impact factors good predictors of the actual citation rates of individual articles? To what extent do errors or biases cancel out in large datasets? And how should one interpret linear or rank correlation coefficients?

Keywords

Large samples Pearson correlation coefficient Skewed distribution Spearman rank correlation coefficient 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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