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What on earth is a 'h-index'?

Any scientists worth their salt like two things above all; statistics and themselves. In a stroke of genius, these passions were combined to make a brand new statistic just about them; the 'h-index'.

This is a number that scientists use to show how great they are; the bigger the better. It is defined as follows:

To have an h-index of n, a scientist must have n publications with a least n citations each.
For example, if I have 4 papers with more than 4 citations but my 5th most cited paper has less than 5 citations, then my h-index is 4. A citation is when another paper mentions yours. The more citations your paper gets, the more important it considered to be.

Who invented the h-index?

The h-index was invented by the incredibly humble Jorge E. Hirsch as a method of measuring the quality of theoretical physicists. On an unrelated note, he also wrote a book called 'Superconductivity Begins with H'.

How do you get a reddit h-index?

Reddit has a simple way to measure how good a post or comment is; upvotes amd downvotes. The reddit h-index uses score (upvotes-downvotes) in place of citations;

To have an h-index of n, a redditor must have n posts or comments with a score of at least n each.

Unfortunately, the reddit API only lets you access the last 1000 posts and tweets, meaning the maximum possibe reddit h-index is 2000.

How's this different from karma?

The h-index measures the quality of posts better than karma. If I posted to reddit a billion times and was always ignored, then I'd have a billion karma. That's silly. Alternatively, I'd have a h-index of 1 (unless they all got downvoted). See? better.

But the h-index is stupid! It unfairly biases certain fields and those working on theoretical fields over those actually applying science to the real world!

Tell me about it. I have a h-index of 1 (I cited myself).