Here’s a fun game to play on Google Scholar:
- Search for a relatively old paper in your field of choice. It will, presumably, be the top result.
- Note the number N in the “Cited by N” link under the top result’s abstract. Also note the year of publication.
- Click the “Cited by N” link.
- GOTO 2.
For example, here’s what results from searching for Luca Cardelli’s paper A polymorphic lambda-calculus with Type : Type:
|A polymorphic lambda-calculus with Type: Type||1986||72||4|
|The calculus of constructions||1986||1053||44|
|A framework for defining logics||1993||1155||68|
|Xen and the art of virtualization||2003||2375||340|
|Globus toolkit version 4: Software for service-oriented systems||2006||1179||295|
|A taxonomy of data grids for distributed data sharing, management, and processing||2006||175||88|
|A toolkit for modelling and simulating data Grids: an extension to GridSim||2008||38||20|
|Service and utility oriented distributed computing systems […]||2008||11||4|
It’s sort of nifty to see the “arch” of citations, and citations/year, over time.
Other interesting searches:
- program slicing
Not very interesting:
- grain elevators