Wikipedias: collaborative web-based encyclopedias as complex networks

Zlatić, Vinko and Božičević, Miran and Štefančić, Hrvoje and Domazet, Mladen (2006) Wikipedias: collaborative web-based encyclopedias as complex networks. Physical review E - statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 74 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1539-3755 (Print), 1550-2376 (Online)

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Wikipedia is a popular web-based encyclopedia edited freely and collaboratively by its users. In this paper we present an analysis of Wikipedias in several languages as complex networks. The hyperlinks pointing from one Wikipedia article to another are treated as directed links while the articles represent the nodes of the network. We show that many network characteristics are common to different language versions of Wikipedia, such as their degree distributions, growth, topology, reciprocity, clustering, assortativity, path lengths, and triad significance profiles. These regularities, found in the ensemble of Wikipedias in different languages and of different sizes, point to the existence of a unique growth process. We also compare Wikipedias to other previously studied networks.

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Additional Information: Language: English. - PRE is published electronically one article at a time. Articles are identified by volume number and a six-digit article number (instead of volume and page number). - Article number: 016115.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complex networks, Wikipedia, encyclopedia
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 11:07

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