Hi Sankarshan,

2013/1/22 sankarshan <foss.mailingli...@gmail.com>

> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala
> <arjunar...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> [snip]
>
> > Please check out my blogpost on Indian Wikipedia languages status in 2012
> > and priorities
> >
> http://blog.wikimedia.in/2013/01/22/analysis-of-indian-language-wikipedias-for-2012/
>
> You write "As each one of us intuitively understand that number of
> page views and number of edits are correlated, I derived a metric
> called ‘Activity’ as their product" - would it be possible for you to
> explain why arriving at a product of these two factors is a measure of
> activity ?
>
Both are key measures of activity for the outcome of Wikipedia, that is
sharing the sum of human knowledge. If there are not many page views
resulting from less number of readers, there will be less enthusiasm on the
part of Editors to contribute. If there are more page views, more people
will be interested to become Editors. Given the nature of these metrics and
different ranges, each one will not be a reliable measure by itself as  it
is the interaction  in the Wikipedia eco-system that will be a more
appropriate measure. I also  heard during some of wiki interactions that
when Chinese language wikipedia was banned in China, the number of editors
fell a lot.


Note that I have considered overall database edits in the metric, which
also includes the edits that could be made through bots. Bots can be used
to improve the quality of Wikipedia by correcting for spelling mistakes
apart from less useful interwiki links. By one estimate, bots  are said to
be contributing to 10% to 30% of edits in  top ranked language
wikipedias.[1]



Cheers
Arjuna

[1] THE LIVES OF BOTS-R. STUART GEIGER in Critical Point of View-A
wikipedia reader", Page 78<http://p2pfoundation.net/Critical_Wikipedia_Reader>
Simple statistics indicate the growing influence of algorithmic actors on
the editorial process:in terms of the raw number of edits to the
English-language version of Wikipedia, automated bots are 17 of the top 20
most prolific editors 2 and collectively make about 16% of all edits to the
encyclopedia project. 3 On other major language versions of the project,
the percentage of edits made by bots ranges from around 10% (Japanese) to
30% (French).

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