Quantifying impact is a difficult task. However, to me, it is governed by a simple equation:

#### Theoretical beauty x Practical utility = Impact of your work.

- By Theoretical Beauty, I mean the ability/capacity of “Unification” of any concept/idea. (
*not*proving consistency or rate of convergence). - Practical utility denotes the generic usefulness of the algorithm (simultaneously applicable for many problems) – Wholesale algorithms. (
*not just*writing R-packages and coding). - The goal is to ensure that none of the quantities in the LHS of the equation are close to ZERO. Perfect
*balance*is required to maximize the impact (which is an art).