Evaluating Co-authorship Networks in Author Name Disambiguation for Common Names

  • Fakhri Momeni
  • Philipp Mayr
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9819)


With the increasing size of digital libraries it has become a challenge to identify author names correctly. The situation becomes more critical when different persons share the same name (homonym problem) or when the names of authors are presented in several different ways (synonym problem). This paper focuses on homonym names in the computer science bibliography DBLP. The goal of this study is to evaluate a method which uses co-authorship networks and analyze the effect of common names on it. For this purpose we clustered the publications of authors with the same name and measured the effectiveness of the method against a gold standard of manually assigned DBLP records. The results show that despite the good performance of implemented method for most names, we should optimize for common names. Hence community detection was employed to optimize the method. Results prove that the applied method improves the performance for these names.


Author name homonyms Co-authorship network Community detection Louvain method Gold standard 



This work was funded by BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) under grant number 01PQ13001, the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. We thank our colleagues at DBLP who helped with generating the testbed [6].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social SciencesCologneGermany

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