It turns out that interest in this paper is very strong among those who list artificial intelligence as their subdiscipline.
In fact, AI researchers contributed the majority of readership to 6 out of the top 10 papers.
In this paper, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page discuss how Google was created and how it initially worked.
This is another paper that has high readership across a broad swath of disciplines, including AI, but wasn’t dominated by any one discipline.
It’s one of the more fundamental papers of computer science, founding the field of information theory and enabling the development of the very tubes through which you received this web page you’re reading now.
It’s also the first place the word “bit”, short for binary digit, is found in the published literature.
It’s no surprise to see this in the Top 10 either, given the huge appeal of this parallelization technique for breaking down huge computations into easily executable and recombinable chunks.
The importance of the monolithic “Big Iron” supercomputer has been on the wane for decades.
The bars are colored according to subdiscipline and the number of readers is shown on the x-axis.
The bar graphs for each paper show the distribution of readership levels among subdisciplines.