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April 10, 2019

Magnifying the Universe is a passion project for the Intelligent Education and Academic Influence Team. A visual encyclopedia concept inspired by the classic Eames Brothers' video 'The Powers of Ten, ' the idea is to create a high-definition visual experience of the power of scale, both to the macro and micro extremes. Read the full Press Release here. Other than the great visual content d...

February 14, 2019

To find the people and schools with the most academic influence, we look to Wikipedia. For people, we count how often a person is mentioned on a Wikipedia page (NameMentions) and how often a discipline is mentioned (DisciplineMentions) on that same page. We multiply the two numbers to obtain PageInfluence and sum over all pages to measure the person’s InfluenceRanking™. To calculate a school’s inf...

February 11, 2019

What is Desirability? To complement our InfluenceRanking™ algorithm, we have devised a simple desirability metric that anyone can calculate from freely available public data. This metric tells us, in general, which schools would most people want to attend if given the opportunity. Importantly, this metric complements our InfluenceRanking™ because it highlights important differences between schoo...

February 01, 2019

Colleges and universities shape our destinies. Thanks to 30,000 schools of higher learning worldwide, half a billion people have earned a college degree, with the remaining 6.6 billion people on our planet often having to follow their lead. Thus, if we can determine which schools have most influenced humanity, and if we know in which disciplines and through which scholars they have exerted their...

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