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Scientists move in mysterious ways, particularly when they try to measure their individual performance as a scientist. As I've explained in a previous post, the most popular and commonly accepted of these measures is the h index $\mathcal{H}$, which has been declared to be superfluous on both empirical and mathematical grounds. Either of these references relates $\mathcal{H}$ to the square root of the total number of citations $\mathcal{N}$, the first one approximately

$\mathcal{H} \approx 0.5 \sqrt{\mathcal{N}}$

and the second one exactly:

$\mathcal{H}=\sqrt{6}\log{2}\sqrt{\mathcal{N}}/\pi \approx 0.54 \sqrt{\mathcal{N}} $.

Since I anyway wanted to test pandas, seaborn and statsmodel, I gathered $\mathcal{H}$, $\mathcal{N}$, and the i10 index $\mathcal{I}$ from all my coauthors on Google Scholar. It turned out that not even a quarter of my coauthors have a Google Scholar account, but I figured that 71 data points would provide an acceptable statistics.

%matplotlib inline

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import matplotlib as mpl
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import statsmodels.formula.api as sm
import seaborn as sns
# read data into a Pandas DataFrame
data = pd.read_table("/home/cobra/ownCloud/MyStuff/projects/python/publishing/hindex.dat")
# check the data head
data.head()
Citations Hindex i10index
0 952 12 17
1 1913 20 35
2 5327 34 151
3 650 13 14
4 3855 25 68

Looks all right.

logdata = np.log10(data)

The correlation of the data is much more clear when displayed logarithmically:

vars = ["Citations", "Hindex", "i10index"]
sns.pairplot(logdata, vars=vars, size=3, kind="reg");

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Now look at that! Two lines of code and seaborn visualizes all correlations in my data set. The diagonal elements of this 3x3 matrix plot show the distributions of $\mathcal{N}$, $\mathcal{H}$, and $\mathcal{I}$ (which seem to be close to normal distributions), and the off-diagonal elements visualize their correlations emphasized by a linear regression (kind="reg"). And how correlated they are! There's indeed no need for a definition of 'indices' if the number of citations is all what it boils down to.

Seaborn is great for visualization, as we have seen, but for quantitative statistical information, it's better to use statsmodel:

hc = sm.ols(formula='Hindex ~ Citations', data=logdata)
fithc = hc.fit()

ic = sm.ols(formula='i10index ~ Citations', data=logdata)
fitic = ic.fit()

hi = sm.ols(formula='Hindex ~ i10index', data=logdata)
fithi = hi.fit()

Let's compare the slope of our data with that predicted above:

fithc.params.Citations
0.45708354021378172
np.sqrt(6)*np.log(2)/np.pi
0.54044463946673071

Solid state phycisists have to work harder!

One can get also get more information, if desired:

fithi.summary()
OLS Regression Results
Dep. Variable: Hindex R-squared: 0.974
Model: OLS Adj. R-squared: 0.974
Method: Least Squares F-statistic: 2592.
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 Prob (F-statistic): 1.84e-56
Time: 14:42:47 Log-Likelihood: 114.08
No. Observations: 71 AIC: -224.2
Df Residuals: 69 BIC: -219.6
Df Model: 1
Covariance Type: nonrobust
coef std err t P>|t| [95.0% Conf. Int.]
Intercept 0.4498 0.019 23.723 0.000 0.412 0.488
i10index 0.5454 0.011 50.910 0.000 0.524 0.567
Omnibus: 3.438 Durbin-Watson: 2.391
Prob(Omnibus): 0.179 Jarque-Bera (JB): 2.600
Skew: -0.408 Prob(JB): 0.273
Kurtosis: 3.462 Cond. No. 7.44

And of course, we can display these fits independent of seaborn:

xlist_cit = pd.DataFrame({'Citations': [logdata.Citations.min(), logdata.Citations.max()]})
xlist_i10 = pd.DataFrame({'i10index': [logdata.i10index.min(), logdata.i10index.max()]})
preds_hcit = fithc.predict(xlist_cit)
preds_hcit;

preds_i10cit = fitic.predict(xlist_cit)
preds_i10cit;

preds_hi10 = fithi.predict(xlist_i10)
preds_hi10;
logdata.plot(kind='scatter', x='Citations', y='Hindex')
plt.plot(xlist_cit, preds_hcit, c='red', linewidth=2);

logdata.plot(kind='scatter', x='Citations', y='i10index')
plt.plot(xlist_cit, preds_i10cit, c='red', linewidth=2);

logdata.plot(kind='scatter', x='i10index', y='Hindex')
plt.plot(xlist_i10, preds_hi10, c='red', linewidth=2);

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