Research topics map: Rtopmap

Md Iqbal Hossain, Stephen Kobourov

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In this paper we describe a system for visualizing and analyzing worldwide research topics, rtopmap. We gather data from google scholar academic research profiles, putting together a weighted topics graph, consisting of over 35,000 nodes and 646,000 edges. The nodes correspond to self-reported research topics, and edges correspond to cooccurring topics in google scholar profiles. The rtopmap system supports zooming/panning/searching and other google-maps-based interactive features. With the help of map overlays, we also visualize the strengths and weaknesses of dierent academic institutions in terms of human resources (e.g., number of researchers in dierent areas), as well as scholarly output (e.g., citation counts in dierent areas). Finally, we also visualize what parts of the map are associated with different academic departments, or with specific documents (such as research papers, or calls for proposals). The system itself is available at

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jun 15 2017

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