Handling discrete citation data and Kao’s Nobel Prize winning article in fiber optics communication

Liu, Yuxian and Rousseau, Ronald Handling discrete citation data and Kao’s Nobel Prize winning article in fiber optics communication., 2010 [Preprint]


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We discuss technical problems in handling discrete data such as citation data. Using Kao’s citation data it is shown that splines can provide an everywhere differentiable description over the whole data interval. We find that citations to Kao’s Nobel Prize winning article follow the main developments of the field of fiber optics communication.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: spline functions; citation analysis; development of scientific fields ; Charles Kuen Gao; handling discrete data
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Ronald Rousseau
Date deposited: 16 Aug 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:17
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/14825


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