By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- New research on Information Technology is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Bloomington, Indiana, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "There are a number of solutions that perform unsupervised name disambiguation based on the similarity of bibliographic records or common coauthorship patterns. Whether the use of these advanced methods, which are often difficult to implement, is warranted depends on whether the accuracy of the most basic disambiguation methods, which only use the author's last name and initials, is sufficient for a particular purpose."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Indiana University, "We derive realistic estimates for the accuracy of simple, initials-based methods using simulated bibliographic datasets in which the true identities of authors are known. Based on the simulations in five diverse disciplines we find that the first initial method already correctly identifies 97% of authors. An alternative simple method, which takes all initials into account, is typically two times less accurate, except in certain datasets that can be identified by applying a simple criterion. Finally, we introduce a new name-based method that combines the features of first initial and all initials methods by implicitly taking into account the last name frequency and the size of the dataset."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This hybrid method reduces the fraction of incorrectly identified authors by 10-30% over the first initial method."
For more information on this research see: Accuracy of simple, initials-based methods for author name disambiguation. Journal of Informetrics, 2013;7(4):767-773. Journal of Informetrics can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Informetrics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/709551)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Milojevic, Indiana University, Sch Informat & Comp, Dept. of Informat & Lib Sci, Bloomington, IN 47405, United States.
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