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A utility for estimating the relative contributions of wiki authors
Abstract Wikis were originally designed to hide theWikis were originally designed to hide the association between a wiki page and the authors who have produced it. However, there is evidence suggesting that corporate wiki users require an attribution mechanism that would automatically record (and present) the relative contribution of each author. In this paper we introduce an algorithm for assessing the contributions of wiki authors that is based on the notion of sentence ownership. The results of an empirical evaluation comparing the algorithm’s output to manual evaluations reveal the type of contributions captured by our algorithm. Implications for research and practice are discussed.s for research and practice are discussed.
Added by wikilit team No  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion "While non-attribution is useful in promot"While non-attribution is useful in promoting democratic deliberation on the internet, it prevents corporate users from gaining recognition for their wiki work. Recent studies have proposed software utilities that would automatically attribute a wiki user with a score representing his contribution. However, these proposed algorithms suffer from several drawbacks, as they often use course measures, they are easy to manipulate, and they often capture just a sub-set of the classes of contributions. In this paper we’ve tried to address these gaps by proposing a novel wiki attribution algorithm and comparing it against human perceptions. The innovation of our algorithm lies in (a) the sentence-ownership algorithm, and (b) in calculating contributions that persist in the current version of the wiki page (in addition to metrics calculating the overall contribution). We argued that the count of sentences that survived the wiki process of continuous refinements implicitly captures the quality of a user’s contributions. One of the most surprising result of our study is that the metric that is most correlated with assessors’ perceptions of top contributors is the internal link count. We do not believe that assessors’ perceptions were strongly affected by the number of internal links an author makes. Rather, we explain this result by the fact that the ones adding links are active across a variety of categories, and this is why they are perceived as top contributors. We were also surprised to find that the simple edit count – used as a baseline – performed very well, yielding higher correlation with top contributor perceptions that other metrics such as sentence ownership. We believe that this is due to the fact that the edit count captures range of contributions across all categories, while the other metrics are associated with only a sub-set of the authoring categories. The sentence ownership metric performed fairly well, and has the advantage that it is less vulnerable to manipulations. Additional research is warranted in order to explore the design of more advanced wiki attribution algorithms, so that we can gain a better understanding of the authoring categories captured by various algorithms, and assess whether the presentation of user attribution indeed motivates wiki users to enhance their participation." (p. 174) to enhance their participation." (p. 174)
Conference location San Jose, California, USA +
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Dates May 2009 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Ofer Arazy + , Eleni Stroulia +
Has domain Computer science +
Has topic Collaboration software +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM’09) +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions "there is a need for an attribution mechan"there is a need for an attribution mechanism that would automatically record (and present) the relative contribution of each author (...) In this paper, we discuss our initial work towards addressing this concern, and introduce a wiki add-on that automatically calculates the relative contributions of wiki authors" (p. 171)e contributions of wiki authors" (p. 171)
Revid 10,643  +
Theory type Design and action  +
Title A utility for estimating the relative contributions of wiki authors
Unit of analysis Edit  + , User  +
Url  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type History  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 May 2012 05:13:55  +
Categories Collaboration software  + , Computer science  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:19:59  +
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