What’s your H-index?

There was some talk on ratings at the Lautapeliseura forums, as one of the forum regulars, oskari, reached 1000 ratings on Geek recently. Not bad, in six years! He’s very prolific game sampler, so no surprise he was the first Finnish gamer I know to reach the magic milestone (it’ll take me couple of years, I believe).

Another interesting metric was mentioned: H-index. This is something that’s used in measuring quality of scholars. Quoting Wikipedia, “a scholar with an index of h has published h papers each of which has been cited by others at least h times”. In game terms, a gamer with an index of h has played h games each of which has been played at least h times.

If you record your plays in BoardGameGeek, check your most played games (mine’s here, so go there and just replace your user name). Then start counting games from the top: 1, 2, 3… and you’ll find your H-index when the number you count is larger than the number of games played for that game. On that list of mine, I would get a H-index of 19 (Tarock is the 19th game and has 20 plays — the next game would be game 20 and have just 19 plays).

With my own records which are more accurate, my H-index is 24. What’s yours?

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One response to “What’s your H-index?”

  1. I don’t have the numbers handy, but I think mine is 24 as well. It’s 23 for games I own, but Hex is not included in that and I have 50+ plays of it.