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  • 30 Dec 2013

    Into the Intro: Who’s Bigger?

    In Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank, computer scientists Steven Skiena and Charles Ward take an algorithmic approach to the question of who matters in the historical record. By analyzing scanned books and web pages like Wikipedia, they have a created a system for ranking the most—and least—significant people throughout history. Read an excerpt from their book below.

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  • 14 Nov 2013

    Who’s Bigger?: The Math Behind Ranking Historical Figures

    In this interview with Steven Skiena, the author of Who's Bigger?: Where Historical Figures Really Rank takes readers behind the scenes of his latest study in historical significance. Who belongs in the annals of history...and what kind of algorithms can computer scientists use to figure it out?

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