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This is the last of the sub-filler in Filler 10. 

Here I present how UP Diliman fared with the rest of  its neighbors’ best national universities.  By the way, all national universities were the best higher education research institutes in their respective countries.

You can visit sub-fillers 10A here  and 10B here.

I also present IRRI with other research institutions with the same level of specialization. Here, any comparison is unfair.

Again, let me remind you that the filler posts are products of  a too busy blogger.

This is my first blog post to use Manyeyes. Many thanks to IBM.

Top national universities, Asia.  Source: Scimago Institutions Rankings World Reports, September 2011. Click for larger image.

The University of the Philippines Diliman is not actually as bad in shape compared to the University of Malaya if we look at the Normalized Impact and the Excellence Rate.  However, they produce a lot of publications. I don’t know how the output publications can affect the NI and ER in the future.  The number of publications of Malaysia has increased very fast relative to the Philippines. (See this blog post from The Scientific Bahay Kubo.)

The UPD is closest to the University of Indonesia in almost all indicators.

The University of Tokyo produced the most number of publications and had the highest Excellence Rate, but the National University of Singapore had the highest Normalized Impact.

If you are tired of looking at the table, a better visualization is presented below.

Research indicators per country, Asia (Matrix)

Countries, lead national universities, and Normalized Impact.  Click image to play with different indicators in Manyeyes. See below which tab to click to change to a different indicator.

Many Eyes

I also did some other visualizations to see the relationships of these indicators to each other. Play with the scatter plot below by changing the x and y-axis, and the size of the bubbles. Hover your pointer (mouse) if you want to see the data on a bubble.

 Research indicators per country, Asia (Multivalue)

 Click image to play and see different correlations of indicators in Manyeyes. See below which tab to click to change to a different indicator.

Many EyesThese are the most striking observations I see.  Caution: These are just  trends and are not really scientific.

1.  Those universities with higher outputs tend to have higher Excellence Rate.

2. Those universities with higher outputs have lower Specialization scores.  A low Specialization score means a more heterogeneous research atmosphere.  This observation could indicate that almost all departments contribute to the research output of the university.

3. Those that collaborate more have higher Specialization scores.   This could indicate that these universities have unstable but productive research areas.  These universities need some collaborators to have research outputs.

4. Those universities with higher outputs collaborate less. This is counter-intuitive, at least for me.

If you think I over read or failed to see some trends, drop a comment or two at the bottom of this post.  I’ll appreciate it.

The table for the highly specialized research institution in Asia (Health institutions excluded) is given below. We’re lucky that IRRI was built in the Philippines.

Highly specialized research institution, Asia. Source: Scimago Institutions Rankings World Reports, September 2011. Click for larger image.

Last words for this Filler.  This has been really exhausting!

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How to change visualizations.

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