A Method for Measuring the Efficiency of Production over Time and an Application to Wikipedia's Evolution
26 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2014 Last revised: 17 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 9, 2019
Wikipedia has been successful despite its purely decentralized production. Given its size, it is important to know whether editors produce the articles in an efficient manner. I introduce a new measure of dynamic efficiency and use it to evaluate the ordering of Wikipedia's article creation. At any given point in time, editors have created roughly 85% of the maximum possible views. An article's probability of being created is significantly and substantially increasing in its relative number of connections (links from other Wikipedia pages). Frequent editors tend to produce highly-viewed articles while infrequent editors tend to produce highly-connected articles.
Keywords: Wikipedia, Efficiency, Knowledge Production, Decentralized Platforms, Internet, Public Goods
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