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Relative Quality and Popularity Evaluation of Multilingual Wikipedia Articles

Version 1 : Received: 26 September 2017 / Approved: 26 September 2017 / Online: 26 September 2017 (15:34:18 CEST)

How to cite: Lewoniewski, W.; Węcel, K.; Abramowicz, W. Relative Quality and Popularity Evaluation of Multilingual Wikipedia Articles. Preprints 2017, 2017090130 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201709.0130.v1). Lewoniewski, W.; Węcel, K.; Abramowicz, W. Relative Quality and Popularity Evaluation of Multilingual Wikipedia Articles. Preprints 2017, 2017090130 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201709.0130.v1).

Abstract

Despite the fact that Wikipedia is often criticized for its poor quality, it continues to be one of the most popular knowledge base in the world. Articles in this free encyclopedia on various topics can be created and edited in about 300 different language versions independently. Our research showed that in language sensitive topics quality of information can be relatively better in the relevant language versions. However, in most cases it is difficult for the Wikipedia readers to determine the language affiliation of the described subject. Additionally, each language edition of Wikipedia can have own rules in manual assessing of the content quality. This makes automatic quality comparison of articles between various languages a challenging task. The paper presents results of relative quality and popularity assessment of over 28 million articles in 44 selected language versions. In addition, a comparative analysis of the quality and popularity of articles in some topics was conducted. The proposed method allows to find articles with information of better quality that can be used to automatically enrich other language editions of Wikipedia.

Supplementary and Associated Material

http://data.lewoniewski.info/informatics2017/vn/: Interactive Venn diagrams for this paper with different topics and Wikipedia languages
http://data.lewoniewski.info/informatics2017/: More detailed and interactive charts
http://wikirank.net: WikiRank.net - relative quality and popularity comparsion of Wikipedia articles in various languages

Subject Areas

Wikipedia; information quality; WikiRank; DBpedia

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