Monday, December 16, 2013

MIT Technology Review > Can Automated Editorial Tools Help Wikipedia's Declining Volunteer Workforce?


An algorithm that assesses the quality of Wikipedia articles could reassure visitors and help focus editors on entries that need improving, say the computer scientists who developed it.

Today, we get an answer thanks to the work of Xiangju Qin and Pádraig Cunningham at University College Dublin in Ireland. These guys have developed an algorithm that assesses the quality of Wikipedia pages based on the authoritativeness of the editors involved and the longevity of the edits they have made.

“The hypothesis is that pages with significant contributions from authoritative contributors are likely to be high-quality pages,” they say. Given this information, visitors to Wikipedia should be able to judge the quality of any article much more accurately.

Various groups have studied the quality of Wikipedia articles and how to measure this in the past. The novelty of this work is in combining existing measures in a new way.

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