Hirsch-type characteristics of the tail of distributions. The generalised h-index

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In this paper a generalisation of the h-index and g-index is given on the basis of non-negative real-valued functionals defined on subspaces of the vector space generated by the ordered samples. Several Hirsch-type measures are defined and their basic properties are analysed. Empirical properties are illustrated using examples from the micro- and meso-level. Among these measures, the h-index proved the most, the arithmetic and geometric g-indices, the least robust measures. The μ-index and the harmonic g-index provide more balanced results and are still robust enough.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Informetrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Ordered statistics
  • g-Index
  • h-Index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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