A quantitative study for online encyclopedias: comparison of Wikipedia and Knol

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A quantitative study for online encyclopedias: comparison of Wikipedia and Knol
Authors: Kuang-Hua Chen, Hsin-Yi Wu
Citation: Journal of Library and Information Science Research 7 (1): 32-38. 2012 December
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A quantitative study for online encyclopedias: comparison of Wikipedia and Knol describes a small comparison of Wikipedia and Google Knol.

See also the related paper A quantitative comparison on online encyclopedias-a case study of Wikipedia and Knol. That paper is somewhat more detailed.

They compared page views, number of words, readability, number of citations, number of references and types of references.

[edit] Methods

[edit] Results

  • Page view much large for Wikipedia
  • Number of citations much larger for Wikipedia
  • Number of citation larger for Wikipedia
  • Readability about the same.

[edit] Critique

  1. "[...] these evaluations were all carried out for Wikipedia only and no comparative studies were reported in the literature." This is not correct, e.g., the cited study of Giles was a comparative study, — as are a number of other studies.
  2. How well does http://read-able.com perform on Wikipedia pages?
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