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A web app for ranking computer science departments according to their research output in selective venues, and for finding active faculty across a wide range of areas.

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Computer Science Rankings

This ranking of top computer science schools is designed to identify institutions and faculty actively engaged in research across a number of areas of computer science. Unlike US News and World Report's approach, which is exclusively based on surveys, this ranking is entirely metrics-based. It measures the number of publications by faculty that have appeared at the most selective conferences in each area of computer science.

This approach is intended to be difficult to game, since publishing in such conferences is generally difficult: contrast this with other approaches like citation-based metrics, which have been repeatedly shown to be easy to manipulate. That said, incorporating citations in some form is a long-term goal.

See the FAQ for more details.

This repository contains all code and data used to build the computer science rankings website, hosted here:

Adding or modifying affiliations

You can now edit files directly in GitHub to create pull requests. All data is in the files csrankings-[a-z].csv, with authors listed in alphabetical order by their first name, organized by the initial letter. Please read for full details on how to contribute.

Trying it out at home

Because of GitHub size limits, to run this site, you will want to download the DBLP data by running make update-dblp (note that this will consume upwards of 19GiB of memory). To then rebuild the databases, just run make. You can test it by running a local web server (e.g., python3 -m http.server) and then connecting to

You will also need to install libxml2-utils (or whatever package includes xmllint on your distro), npm, typescript, closure-compiler, python-lxml, pypy, and basex via a command line like:

apt-get install libxml2-utils npm python-lxml basex; npm install -g typescript google-closure-compiler

Quick contribution via a shallow clone

A full clone of the CSrankings repository is almost 2GB, and the csrankings.csv file is too large to edit via the GitHub web site. To contribute a change without creating a full local clone of the CSrankings repo, you can do a shallow clone. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Fork the CSrankings repo. If you have an existing fork, but it is not up to date with the main repository, this technique may not work. If necessary, delete and re-create your fork to get it up to date. (Do not delete your existing fork if it has unmerged changes you want to preserve!)
  2. Do a shallow clone of your fork: git clone --depth 1 This will only download the most recent commit, not the full git history.
  3. Make your changes on a branch, push them to your clone, and create a pull request on GitHub as usual.

If you want to make another contribution and some time has passed, perform steps 1-3 again, creating a fresh fork and shallow clone.

Acknowledgements and other rankings

This site was developed primarily by and is maintained by Emery Berger. It incorporates extensive feedback from too many folks to mention here, including many contributors who have helped to add and maintain faculty affiliations, home pages, and so on.

This site was initially based on code and data collected by Swarat Chaudhuri (UT-Austin), though it has evolved considerably since its inception. The original faculty affiliation dataset was constructed by Papoutsaki et al.; since then, it has been extensively cleaned and updated by numerous contributors. A previous ranking also used DBLP and Brown's dataset for ranking theoretical computer science.

This site uses information from which is made available under the ODC Attribution License.


CSRankings is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


A web app for ranking computer science departments according to their research output in selective venues, and for finding active faculty across a wide range of areas.



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