Who's #1?: The Science of Rating and Ranking Illustrated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0691154220
ISBN-10: 0691154228
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a great introduction to the field (including its constituent parts in linear algebra and data mining) and contains enough depth to be used as a supplemental book in a data mining course or as a jumping off point for an interested researcher. . . . Overall this is a very nice, well written book that could be use in multiple ways by a wide variety of audiences."---Nicholas Mattei, SigAct News

"This book is an excellent read for everyone; readers might be sports enthusiasts, social choice theorists, mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, and college and high school teachers. Teachers will find quite an easy way to extract material for a short module."---Valentina Dagiene, Zentralblatt MATH

"[A] thorough exploration of the methods and applications of ranking for an audience ranging from computer scientists and engineers to high-school teachers to 'people interested in wagering on just about anything'.", Nature Physics

"[T]his book is a call to consciousness on the relevance of rating and ranking as well as an enjoyable start-up guide from the point of view of algebraic methods."---Francisco Grimaldo Moreno, JASSS

"Readers will find many interesting ideas as they grapple with the complexities of the science of rating and ranking."---Bob Horton, Mathematics Teacher

"Who's #1 provides a fascinating tour through the world of rankings and is highly recommended."---Richard J. Wilders, MAA Reviews

"The book could be used to supplement a course on linear algebra and/or numerical linear algebra. . . . The book could also be used as the basis for a short topics course or undergraduate research project on ranking, or it could be used in a modeling class as an example of how mathematical modeling is done. In addition to describing the mathematics of ranking, the book is full of interesting tidbits that add to the pleasure of its reading."---James Keener, SIAM Review

"The profit the scientometrics community can gain from this book is an indirect one: an attitude how to compile a systematic collection of potential methods, how to select carefully using theoretical tests and empirical examples and how to combine methods to get a comprehensive, multidimensional rating and ranking system. In this sense, it is a highly recommended reading for all readers of the journal Scientometrics."---Andras Schubert, Scientometrics

"This book provides an interesting overview of ranking various sports teams, chess players, politicians, and the like in real-life circumstances, which typically involve serious constraints on the time available to find the optimal ranking.", Choice

"When I started this book I knew very little about American football. I was little the wiser after finishing it, but I had an excellent understanding of various methods used in the obtaining of the ranking of teams and their interrelationships. Langville and Meyer are to be commended for this collection, and anyone who is more conversant with North American sports than I am will most certainly be stimulated by reading Who's #1?"---Andrew I. Dale, Notices of the AMS

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"Who's #1? is an excellent survey of the fundamental ideas behind mathematical rating systems. Once a realm of sports enthusiasts, ranking things is becoming a vital tool in many information-age applications. Langville and Meyer compare and contrast a variety of models, explaining the mathematical foundations and motivation. Readers of this book will be inspired to further explore this exciting field."―Kenneth Massey, Massey Ratings

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691154228
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691154220
  • Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.83 x 10.12 inches
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated Edition (February 26, 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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