A web app for ranking computer science departments according to their research output in selective venues.
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README.md

Computer science rankings (beta)

This ranking of top computer science schools is designed to identify institutions and faculty actively engaged in research across a number of areas of computer science. Unlike US News and World Report's approach, which is exclusively based on surveys, this ranking is entirely metrics-based. It measures the number of publications by faculty that have appeared at the most selective conferences in each area of computer science.

This approach is intended to be difficult to game, since publishing in such conferences is generally difficult: contrast this with other approaches like citation-based metrics, which have been repeatedly shown to be easy to manipulate. That said, incorporating citations in some form is a long-term goal. This site is in beta and is a work in progress.


This repository contains all code and data used to build the computer science rankings website, hosted here: http://csrankings.org

Adding or modifying affiliations

To add or modify a faculty member's affiliation, please modify the file faculty-affiliations.csv and issue a pull request. Make sure that the faculty's name corresponds to their DBLP author entry; for example, Les Valiant's entry is Leslie G. Valiant , Harvard University.

Trying it out at home

Because of GitHub size limits, to run this site, you will want to download the DBLP data by running make update-dblp (note that this will consume upwards of 19GiB of memory). To then rebuild the databases, just run make.

You will also need to install libxml2-utils (or whatever package includes xmllint on your distro), npm, typescript, and python-lxml at a minimum via a command line like:

apt-get install libxml2-utils, npm, python-lxml; npm install -g typescript

Acknowledgements and other rankings

This site was developed with extensive feedback from too many folks to mention here. It is partially based on code and data originally collected by Swarat Chaudhuri (Rice University). The original faculty affiliation dataset was constructed by Papoutsaki et al.; since then, it has been extensively cleaned and updated. A previous ranking also used DBLP and Brown's dataset for ranking theoretical computer science.