Size of Google Scholar’s Index?Posted: October 22, 2009
I’m writing a semi-detailed blog post to counter some recent arguments about the quality of data in Google Scholar. I don’t have much stake in defending Google here, but I’ve seen some egregious straw man arguments and vacuous statistics bandied around.
To make this argument compelling, though, it would help to have a rough idea of how many documents the Google Scholar index contains. I twittered about this yesterday, but thought this venue would have a wider reach.
Any comments on the matter would be most helpful. Even suggestions on the order of magnitude would probably be sufficient.
If the size of the index isn’t obvious, maybe others have ideas about how to estimate it.