Original Paper

Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 1163-1190

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WHAD: Wikipedia historical attributes data

Historical structured data extraction and vandalism detection from the Wikipedia edit history
  • Enrique AlfonsecaAffiliated withGoogle Research Zurich Email author 
  • , Guillermo GarridoAffiliated withNLP & IR Group, UNED
  • , Jean-Yves DelortAffiliated withGoogle Research Zurich
  • , Anselmo PeñasAffiliated withNLP & IR Group, UNED

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This paper describes the generation of temporally anchored infobox attribute data from the Wikipedia history of revisions. By mining (attribute, value) pairs from the revision history of the English Wikipedia we are able to collect a comprehensive knowledge base that contains data on how attributes change over time. When dealing with the Wikipedia edit history, vandalic and erroneous edits are a concern for data quality. We present a study of vandalism identification in Wikipedia edits that uses only features from the infoboxes, and show that we can obtain, on this dataset, an accuracy comparable to a state-of-the-art vandalism identification method that is based on the whole article. Finally, we discuss different characteristics of the extracted dataset, which we make available for further study.


Wikipedia Infobox Attributes Temporal data