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    The most important people who ever lived

    A new ranking system puts Napoleon above Shakespeare and Darwin, and finds some very overrated artists

    Fairly recognized

    By plotting "significance" (according to a formula based on Wikipedia use) against sale price, the authors offer some provocative suggestions about which artists' works cost more than their reputation seems to merit.

    → Significance
    ↑ Price of most expensive work

    SOURCE: Data analysis by Steven Skiena and Charles Ward

    Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff