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Are University Rankings Statistically Significant? A Comparison among Chinese Universities and with the USA

Journal Title Journal of Data and Information Science
Published Date May 01, 2021
Research Type


Building on Leydesdorff, Bornmann, and Mingers (2019), we elaborate the differences between Tsinghua and Zhejiang University as an empirical example. We address the question of whether differences are statistically significant in the rankings of Chinese universities. We propose methods for measuring statistical significance among different universities within or among countries.