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Relating Wikipedia article quality to edit behavior and link structure

Authors
  • Ruprechter, Thorsten1
  • Santos, Tiago1
  • Helic, Denis1
  • 1 Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 16c, Graz, AT, 8010, Austria , Graz (Austria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Network Science
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Sep 09, 2020
Volume
5
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s41109-020-00305-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Currently, the relation between edit behavior, link structure, and article quality is not well-understood in our community, notwithstanding that this relationship may facilitate editing processes and content quality on Wikipedia. To shed light on this complex relation, we classify article edits and perform an in-depth analysis of editing sequences for 4941 articles. Additionally, we build a network of internal Wikipedia hyperlinks between articles. Using this data, we compute parsimonious metrics to quantify editing and linking behavior. Our analysis unveils that conflicted articles differ substantially from others in almost all metrics, while we also detect slight trends for high-quality articles. With our network analysis we find evidence indicating that controversial and edit war articles frequently span structural holes in the Wikipedia network. Finally, in a prediction experiment we demonstrate the usefulness of edit behavior patterns and network properties in predicting conflict and article quality. With our work, we assist online collaboration communities, especially Wikipedia, in long-term improvement of content quality by offering valuable insights about the interplay of article quality, controversies and edit wars, editing behavior, and network properties via sequence-based edit and network-based article metrics.

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