Automated Decision support for human tasks in a collaborative system: The case of deletion in wikipedia

Bluma S. Gelley, Torsten Suel

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    Abstract

    Wikipedia's low barriers to participation have the unintended effect of attracting a large number of articles whose topics do not meet Wikipedia's inclusion standards. Many are quickly deleted, often causing their creators to stop contributing to the site. We collect and make available several datasets of deleted articles, heretofore inaccessible, and use them to create a model that can predict with high precision whether or not an article will be deleted. We report precision of 98.6% and recall of 97.5% in the best case and high precision with lower, but still useful, recall, in the most difficult case. We propose to deploy a system utilizing this model on Wikipedia as a set of decision-support tools to help article creators evaluate and improve their articles before posting, and new article patrollers make more informed decisions about which articles to delete and which to improve. Categories and Subject Descriptors H.5.3. Collaborative Computing; Computer Supported Collaborative Work General Terms Measurement, Performance, Human Factors,.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2013
    Event9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 - Hong Kong, China
    Duration: Aug 5 2013Aug 7 2013

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013

    Other

    Other9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013
    CountryChina
    CityHong Kong
    Period8/5/138/7/13

    Keywords

    • Automating human tasks
    • Classification
    • Collaborative systems
    • Decision support
    • Deletion
    • Wikipedia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software

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