We study the fame distribution of scientists and other social groups as measured by the number of Google hits garnered by individuals in the population. Past studies have found that the fame distribution decays either in power‐law or exponential fashion, depending on whether individuals in the social group in question enjoy true fame or not. In our present study we examine critically Google counts as well as the methods of data analysis. While the previous findings are corroborated in our present study, we find that, in most situations, the data available does not allow for sharp conclusions.

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