Characterizing and Mining the Citation Graph of the Computer Science Literature

Authors: 

Yuan An
Jeannette Janssen
Evangelos Milios

Author Addresses: 

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

Abstract: 

Citation graphs representing a body of scientific literature convey measures of scholarly activity and productivity. In this work we present a study of the structure of the citation graph of computer science literature. Using a web robot we build several citation graphs from parts of the digital library ResearchIndex. After verifying that the degree distributions follow a power law, we apply a series of graph theoretical algorithms to elicit an aggregate picture of the citation graph in terms of its connectivity.

Tech Report Number: 
CS-2001-02
Report Date: 
September 26, 2001
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