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An Open Ranking of Wikipedia Pages 39

vigna writes: The Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli studi di Milano did it again: after creating the first open ranking of the World Wide Web they have put together the first entirely open ranking of Wikipedia, using Wikidata to categorize pages. The ranking is based on classic and easily explainable centrality measures or page views, and it is entirely open — all data (Wikipedia and Wikidata dumps) and all software used is publicly available. Just in case you wonder, the most important food is chocolate, the most important band are the Beatles and the most important idea is atheism.
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An Open Ranking of Wikipedia Pages

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  • John was right (Score:4, Insightful)

    by oodaloop ( 1229816 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @07:01PM (#49564901)
    The Beatles really ARE more popular than Jesus [wikipedia.org].
    • Re:John was right (Score:5, Informative)

      by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @07:35PM (#49565087)

      No they aren't. Among men only, only Obama, Napoleon, G.W. Bush, FDR, Reagan, Shakespeare, Hitler, Washington, Churchill, Lincoln, Aristotle, Columbus, Clinton, Theodore Roosevelt, and Einstein are more popular than Jesus. Bob Dylan (21) would be the most popular musician, beating out both Michael Jackson (27) and Elvis (29). None of the Beatles are individually in the top 100 for men.

      • Re:John was right (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Fire_Wraith ( 1460385 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @08:08PM (#49565251)
        Yes, but the Beatles, much like Devastator or Voltron, are far greater and more powerful when combined than the sum of their individual parts.
      • by jrumney ( 197329 )
        Rank by "Page views" rather than "Harmonic centrality" (whatever that means). John Lennon is at number 122 among humans, with Jesus trailing at 123. Biggest musician seems to be Ariana Grande at number 1 (only Robin Williams is bigger than her).
      • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

        you seem to confuse the members of the band for the band itself.

        nobody gives a shit about what ringo does nowadays, but they'll look up what the beatles did.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Vote Starlight Glimmer for President in 2016. As the social justice candidate, Starlight invites all of America to experience true friendship for the first time. Starlight believes in an America where nobody flaunts their special talents because they have no special talents to flaunt. Free yourself and choose equality as your special talent.

  • the most important idea is atheism

    And just in case you wonder, the seventh most important idea is (or is it?)... Ice Bucket Challenge!

    1. 1. Atheism
    2. 2. Communism
    3. 3. Agnosticism
    4. 4. Homeland for the Jewish people
    5. 5. Determinism
    6. 6. Apatheism
    7. 7. Carthago delenda est
    8. 8. Ice Bucket Challenge

    Well, maybe it's not importance that we deal with...

  • by Rei ( 128717 )

    Some curious results:

    "occupation:omnivore". Apparently Bob Dillan is the best omnivore out there.
    "gender:animal": Obama is #1.
    "citizenship:cops": Alfred Deacon, the second prime minister of Australia
    "genre:set" William Shakespeare, of course.

  • ... that more people care about the unreality show crap such as Kartrashians then the spiritually minded Oprah ...

    [Kim Kartrashian] has 25 million Twitter followers, about a million less than Oprah Winfrey and nearly 5 million more than CNN Breaking News.

    NSFW reference [papermag.com]

    • by lister king of smeg ( 2481612 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @09:37PM (#49565669)

      ... that more people care about the unreality show crap such as Kartrashians[sic] then the spiritually minded Oprah ...

      [Kim Kartrashian] has 25 million Twitter followers, about a million less than Oprah Winfrey and nearly 5 million more than CNN Breaking News.

      NSFW reference [papermag.com]

      I remember back when I had no clue who she was. I thought people had started watching Star Trek Deep Space 9 because I kept hearing them talk about the Cardassians [memory-alpha.org]. Sadly I had misheard. I do have to say I would watch a show about the Cardassians, especially if it featured Garak [memory-alpha.org] he was the best of the characters to come out of that show.

  • Do page views really reflect importance? I'd conclude that that proposition is bollocks.

    Classic case in point. No music video even comes close to Psy's "Gangnam Style" in views. But seriously, is it the most important music video? Hint, the answer is not even close.

    I'd even hazard that water is (just probably, slightly) more important than Chocolate, but it wouldn't even register on this measure.

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