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Temporal Analysis of the Wikigraph

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5 Author(s)
Buriol, L.S. ; DIS, Univ. di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome ; Castillo, C. ; Donato, D. ; Leonardi, S.
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Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia, available in more than 100 languages and comprising over 1 million articles in its English version. If we consider each Wikipedia article as a node and each hyperlink between articles as an arc we have a "Wikigraph", a graph that represents the link structure of Wikipedia. The Wikigraph differs from other Web graphs studied in the literature by the fact that there are explicit timestamps associated with each node's events. This allows us to do a detailed analysis of the Wikipedia evolution over time. In the first part of this study we characterize this evolution in terms of users, editions and articles; in the second part, we depict the temporal evolution of several topological properties of the Wikigraph. The insights obtained from the Wikigraphs can be applied to large Web graphs from which the temporal data is usually not available

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Web Intelligence, 2006. WI 2006. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on

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18-22 Dec. 2006