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Measuring the Wikisphere
Abstract Due to the inherent difficulty in obtaininDue to the inherent difficulty in obtaining experimental data from wikis, past quantitative wiki research has largely been focused on Wikipedia, limiting the degree that it can be generalized. We developed [[WikiCrawler]], a tool that automatically downloads and analyzes wikis, and studied 151 popular wikis running Mediawiki (none of them Wikipedias). We found that our studied wikis displayed signs of collaborative authorship, validating them as objects of study. We also discovered that, as in Wikipedia, the relative contribution levels of users in the studied wikis were highly unequal, with a small number of users contributing a disproportionate amount of work. In addition, power-law distributions were successfully fitted to the contribution levels of most of the studied wikis, and the parameters of the fitted distributions largely predicted the high inequality that was found. Along with demonstrating our methodology of analyzing wikis from diverse sources, the discovered similarities between wikis suggest that most wikis accumulate edits through a similar underlying mechanism, which could motivate a model of user activity that is applicable to wikis in general.ty that is applicable to wikis in general.
Abstractsub Due to the inherent difficulty in obtaininDue to the inherent difficulty in obtaining experimental data from wikis, past quantitative wiki research has largely been focused on Wikipedia, limiting the degree that it can be generalized. We developed [[WikiCrawler]], a tool that automatically downloads and analyzes wikis, and studied 151 popular wikis running Mediawiki (none of them Wikipedias). We found that our studied wikis displayed signs of collaborative authorship, validating them as objects of study. We also discovered that, as in Wikipedia, the relative contribution levels of users in the studied wikis were highly unequal, with a small number of users contributing a disproportionate amount of work. In addition, power-law distributions were successfully fitted to the contribution levels of most of the studied wikis, and the parameters of the fitted distributions largely predicted the high inequality that was found. Along with demonstrating our methodology of analyzing wikis from diverse sources, the discovered similarities between wikis suggest that most wikis accumulate edits through a similar underlying mechanism, which could motivate a model of user activity that is applicable to wikis in general.ty that is applicable to wikis in general.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Has author Jeff C. Stuckman + , James Purtilo +
Has reference Methods and measures for the analysis of corporate wikis: a case study + , Temporal analysis of the wikigraph + , Power of the few vs. wisdom of the crowd: wikipedia and the rise of the bourgeoisie + , Quantitative Analysis of the Wikipedia Community of Users + , On the Inequality of Contributions to Wikipedia + , Viable wikis: struggle for life in the wikisphere + , Measuring wiki viability: an empirical assessment of the social dynamics of a large sample of wikis + , Measuring Wikipedia + , Assessing the value of cooperation in wikipedia +
Has remote mirror http://www.wikisym.org/static/preprod/p111-stuckman.pdf  +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 9  +
Published in WikiSym +
Title Measuring the Wikisphere +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2009 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 20 May 2012 14:01:26  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 20 May 2012 15:54:45  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2009  +
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