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|abstract=This paper analyzes which pages and topics are the most popular on Wikipedia and why. For the period of September 2006 to January 2007, the 100 most visited Wikipedia pages in a month are identified and categorized in terms of the major topics of interest. The observed topics are compared with search behavior on the Web. Search queries, which are identical to the titles of the most popular Wikipedia pages, are submitted to major search engines and the positions of popular Wikipedia pages in the top 10 search results are determined. The presented data helps to explain how search engines, and Google in particular, fuel the growth and shape what is popular on Wikipedia.
 
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What is popular on Wikipedia and why?
Authors: Anselm Spoerri [edit item]
Citation: First Monday 12 (4): . 2007.
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[edit] Abstract

This paper analyzes which pages and topics are the most popular on Wikipedia and why. For the period of September 2006 to January 2007, the 100 most visited Wikipedia pages in a month are identified and categorized in terms of the major topics of interest. The observed topics are compared with search behavior on the Web. Search queries, which are identical to the titles of the most popular Wikipedia pages, are submitted to major search engines and the positions of popular Wikipedia pages in the top 10 search results are determined. The presented data helps to explain how search engines, and Google in particular, fuel the growth and shape what is popular on Wikipedia.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper analyzes which pages and topics are the most popular on Wikipedia and why. The goal of this paper is to identify the popular topics in Wikipedia, show how these topics are related to popular search queries and demonstrate that search engines tend to place popular Wikipedia pages in the top three result positions."

Research details

Topics: Ranking and popularity [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Websites [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article, Subject [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"First, the tool WikiCharts was used to identify the 100 most visited Wikipedia pages in the months of September 2006 to January 2007. Second, the overlap between the five monthly “Top 100” lists was computed to establish how many pages are contained in all five lists, in four of the five lists and so on. Third, the popular Wikipedia pages were categorized to identify major topics of interest. More than 50 percent of the most visited Wikipedia pages are related to entertainment and sexuality, where the latter constitutes 30 percent of the pages that are highly visited in all five months. Fourth, it was shown that the popularity of Wikipedia pages is related to search behavior on the Web. Fifth, queries, which are identical to the titles of the popular Wikipedia pages, were submitted to major search engines and the position of the Wikipedia pages in the top 10 search results was determined. It was shown that 87 percent of the popular Wikipedia pages are in the top three result positions for Google, whereas this only the case for 72 percent of the pages if the Yahoo or MSN search engines are used. The presented data has helped to explain how search engines, and Google in particular, fuel Wikipedia’s growth and shape what is popular on Wikipedia — Google giveth, Google taketh."

[edit] Comments

"It was shown that 87 percent of the popular Wikipedia pages are in the top three result positions for Google, whereas this only the case for 72 percent of the pages if the Yahoo or MSN search engines are used."


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