Empirical Analysis of User Participation in Online Communities: the Case of Wikipedia

Abstract

We study the distribution of the activity period of users in five of the largest localized versions of the free, online encyclopedia Wikipedia. We find it to be consistent with a mixture of two truncated log-normal distributions. Using this model, the temporal evolution of these systems can be analyzed, showing that the statistical description is consistent over time.

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Proceedings of International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
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@InProceedings{Ciampaglia2010,
  Title                    = {Empirical Analysis of User Participation in Online Communities: the Case of Wikipedia},
  Author                   = {Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and Alberto Vancheri},
  Booktitle                = {Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media},
  Year                     = {2010},
  Month                    = {may},
  Publisher                = {AAAI},

  Abstract                 = {We study the distribution of the activity period of users in five of the largest localized versions of the free, on- line encyclopedia Wikipedia. We find it to be consis- tent with a mixture of two truncated log-normal distri- butions. Using this model, the temporal evolution of these systems can be analyzed, showing that the statis- tical description is consistent over time.},
  Conference               = {International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media},
  Keywords                 = {Wikipedia; Statistics; Participation},
  Url                      = {https://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM10/paper/view/1517}
}