One might wonder what Hirsch numbers show about departments that are not Leiter-rated. I did, because I hear lots of howling about certain departments being excluded from that report, so I sampled some. Results below the fold, but first some foreshadowing: for the most part, as expected, Leiter wins…
Mean Results: the best-rated department would come in tied for #54 when compared with the Leiter-rated departments.
Median Results: the best-rated department would come in tied for #19 when compared with the Leiter-rated departments.
JK Results: the best-rated departments would come in at #30, #31, #32, #33 and #34 when compared with the Leiter-rated departments.
KD Results: the best-rated department would come in at #45 when compared with the Leiter-rated departments.
Sum Results: the best-rated department would come in tied for #49 when compared with the Leiter-rated departments.
I’m inclined to disregard the median score results, since it is such a coarse-grained measure, but even without it, to the extent that the data is unbiased, to that extent there is some evidence here that some unrated programs can compete, at least, with programs outside the top 40 in the Leiter report. Such a conclusion shouldn’t be that surprising, I suppose, since the farther down one goes in terms of quality, the less familiar the board for the Leiter report is going to be with the places in question and the people at those places. Just in terms related to this blog, I think Oklahoma is better than its epistemology ranking, in part because Riggs’ work is better known now than it was when Oklahoma was last rated but also because Hawthorne’s fantastic work in formal epistemology doesn’t get credited toward the epistemology ranking by traditional epistemologists who are still relatively unaware of this area (to say nothing about Benson’s work on Socratic epistemology). Even with this caveat concerning the departments below the top 40, to the degree that the data here is unbiased, there is corroboration that the Leiter report has a good grip on the top programs in terms of scholarly impact. Not that there was much of a question about that, but it’s pleasing to find some data to point to when the question comes up.