The b-index?

We all are aware of h-index; John Hawks brings to our attention another indicator of scientific output (which, for obvious reasons, I like to call the b-index, and is the number of beers somebody drinks per hour in a party):

According to the study, published in February in Oikos, a highly respected scientific journal, the more beer a scientist drinks, the less likely the scientist is to publish a paper or to have a paper cited by another researcher, a measure of a paper’s quality and importance.

Hawks also calls for action at the end of his post:

All right, good scientists and bad scientists alike, you know what we have to do: DESTROY THIS CORRELATION!

I’d love to–but I can’t! So, I think I will just stick with correlation does not imply causation.


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