Biographical social networks on Wikipedia - a cross-cultural study of links that made history

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Biographical social networks on Wikipedia - a cross-cultural study of links that made history
Authors: Pablo Aragon, David Laniado, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, Yana Volkovich
Citation: missing booktitle  : 2012
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Meeting: WikiSym 2012
Database(s): AcaWiki arXiv (arxiv/1204.3799)
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Link(s): http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~akalten/aragon_etal2012WikiSym.pdf
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Biographical social networks on Wikipedia - a cross-cultural study of links that made history is a network analysis of bibliographic pages on several language versions of Wikipedia.

Pages describing persons was extracted from the 15 largest Wikipedias and the network of wikilinks was analyzed with a range of network measures and compared across the language versions.

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http://www.slideshare.net/andreaskaltenbrunner/biographical-social-networks

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They found that PageRank for the English Wikipedia put America presidents highest on the ranked list. Comparing betweenness centrality across language versions showed overlaps among the top five most central persons with American Presidents often in the top five, as well as singers and World War II figures. However, cross-cultural differences also existed, e.g., with Chinese leaders central in the Chinese Wikipedia, Latin American revolutionaries central in the Spanish and Catalan Wikipedias, and Pope John Paul II central in the Polish and Italian Wikipedia. A gender gap existed as only three women appeared among the top five central persons across the 15 languages: Elizabeth II, Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher.

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