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Discovery Science

Volume 4755 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 197-208

Discovering Mentorship Information from Author Collaboration Networks

  • V. SureshAffiliated withDept. of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012
  • , Narayanan RaghupathyAffiliated withDept. of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • , B. ShekarAffiliated withIndian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-560076
  • , C. E. Veni MadhavanAffiliated withDept. of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012

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Abstract

Researchers are assessed from a researcher-centric perspective — by quantifying a researcher’s contribution to the field. Citation and publication counts are some typical examples. We propose a student-centric measure to assess researchers on their mentoring abilities. Our approach quantifies benefits bestowed by researchers upon their students by characterizing the publication dynamics of research advisor-student interactions in author collaboration networks. We show that our measures could help aspiring students identify research advisors with proven mentoring skills. Our measures also help in stratification of researchers with similar ranks based on typical indices like publication and citation counts while being independent of their direct influences.