(And yes, I know that Language planning and some of the other items are not
measurable as numbers. I'm throwing ideas around.)


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Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
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2015-01-25 17:57 GMT-08:00 Amir E. Aharoni <amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il>:

> Hi,
>
> It is well-known that the size of a Wikipedia in a given language is not
> proportional to the number of people who speak that language. By "size" I
> mean the article count and the active editor count.
>
> This begs the question: Is it proportional to anything else?
>
> I can think of a bunch of possible things (to most items you can add "...
> in the countries where this language is spoken"):
>
> * Penetration of Internet access
> * Quality of education
> * Number of people who know other major languages, such as English,
> French, Russian, Spanish, etc.
> * Number of people who *don't* know other major languages
> * Gross domestic product
> * Human Development Index
> * The level of usage of this language in the education system (in some
> countries schools function in foreign languages)
> * Amount of published literature in that language
> * Level of censorship and press freedom
> * [[Language planning]] policies (think Catalonia, Ukraine, Quebec, Israel)
>
> It is quite possible that the size of a Wikipedia is proportional not to
> one of these things, but to a combination of them. It is also possible that
> it is not proportional to any of the above, or to anything at all.
>
> Did anybody ever try to research this?
>
> --
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> http://aharoni.wordpress.com
> ‪“We're living in pieces,
> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
>
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