Assessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia

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Assessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia
Authors: Dennis M. Wilkinson, Bernardo A. Huberman [edit item]
Citation: First Monday 12 (4): 13. 2007.
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Assessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia is a publication by Dennis M. Wilkinson, Bernardo A. Huberman.


[edit] Abstract

Since its inception six years ago, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has accumulated 6.40 million articles and 250 million edits, contributed in a predominantly undirected and haphazard fashion by 5.77 million unvetted volunteers. Despite the apparent lack of order, the 50 million edits by 4.8 million contributors to the 1.5 million articles in the English-language Wikipedia follow strong certain overall regularities. We show that the accretion of edits to an article is described by a simple stochastic mechanism, resulting in a heavy tail of highly visible articles with a large number of edits. We also demonstrate a crucial correlation between article quality and number of edits, which validates Wikipedia as a successful collaborative effort.

[edit] Research questions

"In this paper we first show that Wikipedia articles accrete edits according to a simple stochastic mechanism resulting in a population of disproportionally highlyedited articles. We then demonstrate a strong correlation between number of edits and article quality"

Research details

Topics: Featured articles, Other collaboration topics [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Mathematical modeling [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"We have shown that although Wikipedia is a complex system in which of millions of diverse editors collaborate in an unscheduled and virtually uncontrolled fashion, editing follows a very simple overall pattern. This pattern implies that a small number of articles, corresponding to topics of high relevance or visibility, accrete a disproportionately large number of edits. And, while large collaborations have been shown to fail in many contexts, Wikipedia article quality continues to increase, on average, as the number of collaborators and the number of edits increases. Thus, topics of high interest or relevance are naturally brought to the forefront of visibility and quality."

[edit] Comments

"Wikipedia article quality continues to increase, on average, as the number of collaborators and the number of edits increases which explains that topics of high interest or relevance are naturally brought to the forefront of visibility and quality."


Further notes[edit]

This publication is the article version of the conference paper Cooperation and quality in Wikipedia

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AbstractSince its inception six years ago, the onlSince its inception six years ago, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has accumulated 6.40 million articles and 250 million edits, contributed in a predominantly undirected and haphazard fashion by 5.77 million unvetted volunteers. Despite the apparent lack of order, the 50 million edits by 4.8 million contributors to the 1.5 million articles in the English-language Wikipedia follow strong certain overall regularities. We show that the accretion of edits to an article is described by a simple stochastic mechanism, resulting in a heavy tail of highly visible articles with a large number of edits. We also demonstrate a crucial correlation between article quality and number of edits, which validates Wikipedia as a successful collaborative effort.edia as a successful collaborative effort.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsWikipedia article quality continues to increase, on average, as the number of collaborators and

the number of edits increases which explains that topics of high interest or relevance are naturally

brought to the forefront of visibility and quality.
ConclusionWe have shown that although Wikipedia is aWe have shown that although Wikipedia is a complex system in which of millions of

diverse editors collaborate in an unscheduled and virtually uncontrolled fashion, editing follows a very simple overall pattern. This pattern implies that a small number of articles, corresponding to topics of high relevance or visibility, accrete a disproportionately large number of edits. And, while large collaborations have been shown to fail in many contexts, Wikipedia article quality continues to increase, on average, as the number of collaborators and the number of edits increases. Thus, topics of high interest or relevance are naturally

brought to the forefront of visibility and quality.
o the forefront of visibility and quality.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Assessing%2Bthe%2Bvalue%2Bof%2Bcooperation%2Bin%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorDennis M. Wilkinson + and Bernardo A. Huberman +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicFeatured articles + and Other collaboration topics +
Issue4 +
Pages13 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inFirst Monday +
Research designMathematical modeling +
Research questionsIn this paper we first show that WikipediaIn this paper we first show that Wikipedia articles accrete edits according to a

simple stochastic mechanism resulting in a population of disproportionally highlyedited articles. We then demonstrate a strong correlation between number of edits and article qualityetween number of edits

and article quality
Revid10,669 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleAssessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://arxiv.org/abs/cs/0702140 +
Volume12 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2007 +