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Paper Title:
Size Matters: Word Count as a Measure of Quality on Wikipedia

Authors:

  • Joshua E. Blumenstock(University of California at Berkeley)

Abstract:
Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia", now contains over two million English articles, and is widely regarded as a high-quality, authoritative encyclopedia. Some Wikipedia articles, however, are of questionable quality, and it is not always apparent to the visitor which articles are good and which are bad. We propose a simple metric -- word count -- for measuring article quality. In spite of its striking simplicity, we show that this metric significantly outperforms the more complex methods described in related work.

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