Skip to main content.


Track: Posters

Paper Title:
Size Matters: Word Count as a Measure of Quality on Wikipedia


Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia", now contains over two million English articles, and is widely regarded as a high-quality, authoritative encyclopedia. Some Wikipedia articles, however, are of questionable quality, and it is not always apparent to the visitor which articles are good and which are bad. We propose a simple metric -- word count -- for measuring article quality. In spite of its striking simplicity, we show that this metric significantly outperforms the more complex methods described in related work.

PDF version

Inquiries can be sent to: Email contact: program-chairs at

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional