Artificial Intelligence Spotlights Academia’s Dominant Player

In scientific research, as in basketball, there can only be one MVP, and computer-assisted analysis now tells us who that is: the aptly named Michael I. Jordan. According to an article in the journal Science, academic search engine Semantic Scholar combed through millions of journals and academic papers before identifying the University of California, Berkeley, professor as the world’s most influential computer scientist. “He’s known as the Michael Jordan of machine learning,” AI2 director Oren Etzioni teased, in his interview with Science. The comparison is old news to Jordan. “The joke has been made by various people at various times,” he says. What is new, however, is the methodology behind the Semantic Scholar rankings. The free tool, created by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) last November, relies on…

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