Measuring self-focus bias in community-maintained knowledge repositories

Brent Jaron Hecht, Darren Robert Gergle

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Self-focus is a novel way of understanding a type of bias in community-maintained Web 2.0 graph structures. It goes beyond previous measures of topical coverage bias by encapsulating both node- and edge-hosted biases in a single holistic measure of an entire community-maintained graph. We outline two methods to quantify self-focus, one of which is very computationally inexpensive, and present empirical evidence for the existence of self-focus using a "hyperlingual" approach that examines 15 different language editions of Wikipedia. We suggest applications of our methods and discuss the risks of ignoring self-focus bias in technological applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth international conference on Communities and technologies (C&T 2009)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1605587134
StatePublished - 2009


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