Modelling citation age data: Simple graphical methods from reliability theory

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Certain similarities between the types of data reported in retrospective
citation analyses and lifetime/survival/reliability models are noted.
Graphical techniques much used in reliability analyses are exploited
to throw further light on observed citation age distributions and
these are then compared and contrasted with previously reported studies.
These simple techniques allow systematic departures of empirical
data from assumed theoretical models to be highlighted and the models
to be compared.

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  • Quentin L. Burrell

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