, Volume 84, Issue 3, pp 763-784

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Bibliometric fingerprints: name disambiguation based on approximate structure equivalence of cognitive maps

  • Li TangAffiliated withSchool of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • , John P. WalshAffiliated withSchool of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology Email author 

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Authorship identity has long been an Achilles’ heel in bibliometric analyses at the individual level. This problem appears in studies of scientists’ productivity, inventor mobility and scientific collaboration. Using the concepts of cognitive maps from psychology and approximate structural equivalence from network analysis, we develop a novel algorithm for name disambiguation based on knowledge homogeneity scores. We test it on two cases, and the results show that this approach outperforms other common authorship identification methods with the ASE method providing a relatively simple algorithm that yields higher levels of accuracy with reasonable time demands.


Name disambiguation Common names Cognitive map Approximate structural equivalence Knowledge homogeneity score Hierarchical clustering