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Disambiguation and Co-authorship Networks of the U.S. Patent Inventor Database


contributors: Ronald Lai, Alexander D'Amour, Amy Yu, Ye Sun, Lee Fleming

tags: coauthor network, disambiguation, United States


timeframe: 1970-2010

terms of_use: CC0 - "Public Domain Dedication"

description: Name disambiguation of US inventors, 1975-2010. Using a Bayesian supervised learning approach, we identify individual inventors from the U.S. utility patent database, from 1975 to the present. An interface to calculate and illustrate patent co-authorship networks and social network measures is also provided. The network representation does not require bounding the social network beforehand. We provide descriptive statistics of individual and collaborative variables and illustrate examples of networks for an individual, an organization, a technology, and a region. The paper provides an overview of the technical algorithms and pointers to the data, code, and documentation, with the hope of further open development by the research community.

last edit: Thu, 27 Jul 2023 09:19:39 GMT