14 Jan '13, 11pm

Fascinating > Wikipedia Analytics Engine: Wikipedia and library data

Fascinating > Wikipedia Analytics Engine: Wikipedia and library data

Wikipedia has its own data-structure in templates with parameters — if you are not familiar with Wikipedia templates, an example is “infoboxes,” which show up as fixed-format tables in the top right-hand corner of articles. Templates, and the metadata they contain, have been exploited for research in the past, but I’ve wanted to create a toolchain that would connect Wikipedia data and library data. I also wanted to be able to include a few more features than the standard Wikipedia statistics engines. For instance (a) working over all pages in a MediaWiki dump to analyze the differences between pages that do and don’t include certain templates (b) take into account what I term subparameters of of templates, and (c) do it all in a multithreaded way. Here is an early look at some analysis which may shed light on the

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