In 1953, Leo Katz, psychologist of the measuring kind, wrote the following:

The purpose of this paper is to suggest a new method of computing status, taking into account not only the number of direct “votes” received by each individual but, also, the status of each individual who chooses the first, the status of each who chooses these in turn, etc. Thus, the proposed new index allows for who chooses as well as how many choose.

The paper this is taken from is one of the references in Larry Page’s PageRank patent

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