The May Index (aka May Factor) was first
suggested as a novel, robust
indicator of scientific excellence in 2012 [Biehl, private
The May Index overcomes the
much debated deficits of many other indices  and
non-reproducibility and uselessness to the next level.
The May Index displays total independence from the researcher's age and, finally, facilitates a fair comparison across disciplines. This has led to considerable criticism, mainly expressed by senior scientists from the bio-medical domain. Despite their concerns, the May Index is believed to gain popularity in forthcoming years.
How to determine your own May Index:
On May 1st in year 20XX, draw three independent random integers from the interval [1,100]. The following piece of matlab (TM) code provides an example realization (*) randi(100,1,3)
Next, select your favorite result among the three numbers as your personal May Index for the year 20XX/(XX+1).
Hint: It is highly recommended to choose the largest of the three numbers.
Note that the above corresponds only to the so-called May Index of the third kind. Generalizations to the n-th kind have been suggested. However, they involve n random numbers, which can lead to significant computational workload for large values of n.
(*) Disclaimer: The author is not responsible for improper use of the above code or over-interpretation of the result.
 Marco Aiello
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peer reviewed and accepted for publication in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology, unpublished (2005)