Surfin' Wikipedia: An analysis of the Wikipedia (non-random) surfer's behavior from aggregate access data

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Surfin' Wikipedia: An analysis of the Wikipedia (non-random) surfer's behavior from aggregate access data is a 2012 conference paper written in English by Gyllstrom K., Moens M.-F. and published in IIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems.

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Does the reason a user visits a Wikipedia page influence that user's subsequent browsing behavior on Wikipedia? We address this question using aggregate Wikipedia page access data. We conduct: (1) a comparison of browsing behaviors between serendipitous and directed information seekers; and (2) how topic/category influences users' migration from page to page. Our findings indicate that surfer behavior and topic are potentially influential factors, which weakens the random surfer model underlying link-based algorithms, and could affect how web designers should design sites to best meet the diversity of information seeking behaviors. Copyright

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