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Philosophy talk

  1. 1. Philosophy Andrew Grimm
  2. 2. Get Philosophy in Wikipedia <ul><li>Choose a page in Wikipedia
  3. 3. Click on its first wikilink
  4. 4. Click on that page's first wikilink
  5. 5. Continue until you reach a loop
  6. 6. Odds are you end up at the Philosophy article
  7. 7. Why? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Programming approach <ul><li>Get XML file from Wikimedia's Downloads section </li><ul><li>No scraping required! </li></ul><li>Parse each page's wiki syntax
  9. 9. Works with other languages, Citizendium
  10. 10. Currently unaware of other wikis with XML dumps </li><ul><li>Not game to use Special:Export without permission </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Preliminary results <ul><li>Most popular destinations are abstract nouns </li><ul><li>Organism, communication, telecommunication, education, pseudonym </li></ul><li>Most direct links are “Where”s or “What”s </li><ul><li>United States, Australia, gene, plant, fictional character </li></ul><li>Greatest merging include languages, locations and fields of study </li></ul>
  12. 12. Current issues <ul><li>Improving parsing of wiki syntax
  13. 13. Investigate effects of ignoring “trivial” links
  14. 14. Building a cool web interface for the results </li></ul>
  15. 15. Relevance <ul><li>Network theory
  16. 16. Modeling for similar structures </li><ul><li>Rivers, transport systems, food chains, management hierarchies </li></ul><li>Collective intelligence </li><ul><li>No single person made organism or philosophy the encyclopedia's ultimate article </li></ul></ul>

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