May 18, 2022

Working Paper: "Edit Wars in Wikipedia"

Authors: Róbert Sumi, Taha Yasseri, András Rung, András Kornai, János Kertész

From an Abstract (via arXiv):

We present a new, efficient method for automatically detecting severe conflicts `edit wars’ in Wikipedia and evaluate this method on six different language WPs. We discuss how the number of edits, reverts, the length of discussions, the burstiness of edits and reverts deviate in such pages from those following the general workflow, and argue that earlier work has significantly over-estimated the contentiousness of the Wikipedia editing process.

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