skewed citation distributions should not be averaged

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Wed Aug 31 17:08:12 EDT 2011

> A closer look at the evolution of the citation distributions over a long
period of time maybe necessary before a definitive answer can be given to
the question of whether "Citation distributions are so skewed that using the
mean or any other central tendency measure is ill-advised."

Dear Silvan, 

Wouldn't one need very large samples (N > 10^6) to test this? 
Typically, IFs, for example, are computed over 10^2 - 10^3 citable items.


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