A corpus-based study of edit categories in featured and non-featured wikipedia articles

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A corpus-based study of edit categories in featured and non-featured wikipedia articles is a 2012 conference paper written in English by Daxenberger J., Gurevych I. and published in 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - Proceedings of COLING 2012: Technical Papers.

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In this paper, we present a study of the collaborative writing process in Wikipedia. Our work is based on a corpus of 1,995 edits obtained from 891 article revisions in the English Wikipedia. We propose a 21-category classification scheme for edits based on Faigley and Witte's (1981) model. Example edit categories include spelling error corrections and vandalism. In a manual multi-label annotation study with 3 annotators, we obtain an inter-annotator agreement of α = 0.67. We further analyze the distribution of edit categories for distinct stages in the revision history of 10 featured and 10 non-featured articles. Our results show that the information content in featured articles tends to become more stable after their promotion. On the opposite, this is not true for non-featured articles. We make the resulting corpus and the annotation guidelines freely available.

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