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A Latent Space Analysis of Editor Lifecycles in Wikipedia

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Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
Collaborations such as Wikipedia are a key part of the value of the modern Internet. At the same time there is concern that these collaborations are threatened by high levels of member turnover. In this paper we borrow ideas from topic analysis to editor activity on Wikipedia over time into a latent space that o ers an insight into the evolving patterns of editor behavior. This latent space representation reveals a number of di erent categories of editor (e.g. content experts, social net- workers) and we show that it does provide a signal that predicts an editor's departure from the community. We also show that long term editors gradually diversify their participation by shifting edit preference from one or two namespaces to multiple namespaces and experience rel- atively soft evolution in their editor pro les, while short term editors generally distribute their contribution randomly among the namespaces and experience considerably uctuated evolution in their editor pro les.
Conference Name: 
5th International Workshop on Mining Ubiquitous and Social Environments (MUSE) at ECML 2014
Proceedings: 
5th International Workshop on Mining Ubiquitous and Social Environments (MUSE) at ECML 2014
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.na
Publication Date: 
15/09/2014
Conference Location: 
France
Institution: 
UCD
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