Sergei Yakovenko's blog: on Math and Teaching

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Numeric indicators and real achievements

Filed under: opinion — Sergei Yakovenko @ 4:08

It is sometimes argued that the level of scientific research can be measured by various kinds of numeric indicators (number of publications, citations, the total of research grants obtained, PhD theses written etc.).

If you sincerely believe in this nonsense, here is how it works in another area (hat tip Yu.Sh.).

According to FIFA, the yesterday’s semifinal game Brasil vs. Germany in the mirror of numbers looked as follows:

Indicator Brazil Germany
Total attempts 18 14
Deliveries in the penalty area 19 11
Ball possession 52% 48%
On-target attempts 13 12
Saves 7 5
Score 1 7

Perhaps some navel gazing is required, dear administrations?


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