Who has the most POPL and PLDI papers?

DBLP is an online database of academic publications in computer science and related fields. Handily, it provides a Java API for accessing the data programmatically. In this blog post, I share a few fun facts I discovered while using this API to explore the data that DBLP holds about two of the main conferences on programming languages; namely, POPL and PLDI.

The code I wrote to generate the numbers is available on GitHub.

Edit [16-Dec-2019]: I’m redefining a “paper” to be any entry in the proceedings for that conference that is at least four pages long. This slightly coarse rule means that some very short but legitimate papers may not get counted. There may also be a small number of entries that are not legitimate papers, such as extended tributes or announcements, but which get counted anyway.

Edit [19-May-2019]: Updated with hyperlinks to author pages, and stats from POPL 2019.

Edit [17-Jun-2018]: Updated with stats from POPL 2018 and PLDI 2018.

Edit [27-Sep-2017]: I fixed a bug in my calculations for ‘most papers per conference’, which had led to some authors being missed.

Most papers



Bonus: both conferences together

Most conferences



Longest vacation

That is, the longest gap between successive papers.



Longest career

That is, the longest period between the first and the most recent paper.



Longest streak

That is, the longest streak of successive conferences with at least one paper.



Most papers per conference



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