Most influential languages

Name the 30 most influential languages.
Extinct and current languages
Ranked by Eigenvector Centrality (based on the connections between languages)
Source: http://language.media.mit.edu/rankings/books
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Centrality
Answer
0.89803531
English
0.29695532
French
0.26334749
German
0.09374308
Italian
0.08565274
Russian
0.08539987
Spanish
0.04398496
Japanese
0.03955701
Dutch
0.03404642
Latin
0.03363697
Swedish
Centrality
Answer
0.03020216
Danish
0.02802628
Hungarian
0.02775867
Czech
0.02696108
Serbo-Croatian
0.02361634
Hebrew
0.02271051
Polish
0.02250273
Ancient Greek
0.02105229
Portuguese
0.01588606
Arabic
0.01396375
Chinese
Centrality
Answer
0.01328133
Romanian
0.01322228
Estonian
0.01160693
Finnish
0.01143029
Modern Greek
0.0106394
Norwegian
0.00949586
Catalan
0.00815953
Sanskrit
0.00570555
Moldovian
0.0043465
Persian
0.00428489
Slovenian
12 Comments
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Level 74
Dec 21, 2014
Moldovan and Romanian are the same language!!
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Level 37
Dec 21, 2014
No Indian languages? Or African languages? This seems very Europe-focused.
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Level 37
Dec 21, 2014
(other than sanskrit)
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Level 43
Dec 21, 2014
Yeah, I'd like to know by what measure Catalan is more influential than Hindi.
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Level 67
Dec 22, 2014
This is probably influenced heavily by the amount of research material coming out in that language. That would probably explain why the Scandinavian languages are so high despite only being spoke by a relatively small number of people: they have a very high research output per person.
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Level 39
Jan 20, 2016
That makes sense. English might be widely used for research in India for exemple. Because by that mean, that would explain the very large superiority of english in this list.
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Level 70
Jan 19, 2019
"Here we use the structure of the networks connecting multilingual speakers and translated texts, as expressed in book translations, multiple language editions of Wikipedia, and Twitter, to provide a concept of language importance that goes beyond simple economic or demographic measures"

Quote from the site. It has nothing to do with scientific publications.

Influental is a broad word, influental in what way, sports, music, porn? And even if that is established, it is still quite subjective.

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Level 51
Dec 22, 2014
I got Catalan and missed Russian. Typical.
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Level 52
Apr 11, 2015
Slovenian should be Slovene.
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Level 46
May 11, 2021
No Hindu, Urdu, Bengalí, Malay, Thai, Tagalog OR EVEN MANDARIN???
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2021
Ik, it seems so wrong.

(Chinese is on it but lots of people, unfortunately, consider all languages in china to be Chinese - wu, Cantonese, mandarin, Xiang, Hakka, gan, Tibetan, jin, Minnan, Minbei and so many more that are completely different!)

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Level 65
Apr 6, 2023
Could you accept Farsi for Persian and Slovene for Slovenian? Thanks!