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General explanation
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All data is 2010 data unless otherwise indicated. Countries receive scores on each indicator as a fractional rank (0=top rank, 1=lowest) relative to all countries for which data is available. The actual simple ranks per category are based on the mean fractional ranks on the 5 indicators per category (subject to maximum 2 missing values per category). The overall rank is based on the average of the category ranks.
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Science, Technology & KnowledgeIndicatorReferenceData Treatment
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International studentsNumber of foreign students studying in the country relative to GDPData adapted from UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), http://data.uis.unesco.org/, Extracted on February 2014 (and divided by GDP according to World Bank data).In case 2010 data for a particular country was missing, but data was available for other years, missing data was imputed based on time series analysis using SPSS TREND function. Values were then divided by GDP and ranked.
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Journal exportsExports of periodicals, scientific journals and newspapers relative to GDPData adapted from Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis (and divided by GDP according to World Bank data).In case 2010 data for a particular country was missing, but data was available for other years, missing data was imputed based on time series analysis using SPSS TREND function. Values were then divided by GDP and ranked.
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International publications (2009)Number of articles published in international journals (2009 latest data) relative to GDPData adapted from The World Bank: Scientific and technical journal articles: National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators (and divided by GDP according to World Bank data).In case 2010 data for a particular country was missing, but data was available for other years, missing data was imputed based on time series analysis using SPSS TREND function. Values were then divided by GDP and ranked.
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Nobel prizesNumber of Nobel prize winners relative to GDPData compiled from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/all/ (and divided by GDP according to World Bank data).Accumulated Nobel prizes (up to 2010) are assigned to countries based on laureates' country of birth as well as country (countries) of institutional affiliation at the time of the award. Values are divided by GDP and ranked.
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PatentsNumber of International Patent Cooperation Treaty applications relative to GDPData adapted from WIPO Statistics Database, http://ipstatsdb.wipo.org (and divided by GDP according to World Bank data).In case 2010 data for a particular country was missing, but data was available for other years, missing data was imputed based on time series analysis using SPSS TREND function. Values were then divided by GDP and ranked.
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