Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications–GeoTemporalNet

VAST 2008 Challenge
Mini Challenge 1: Wiki Editors

Authors and Affiliations:

Qi Ye, University of Posts and Telecommunications, jack_hill@263.net

Deyong hu, University of Posts and Telecommunications, deron.hu@yahoo.com.cn

Student team: YES
      faculty advisor:

Bin Wu, University of Posts and Telecommunications, wubin@bupt.eud.cn

Bai Wang, University of Posts and Telecommunications, wangbai@bupt.edu.cn

Tool(s):

In order to combine the analysis of geographic information and link relationships, we developed a tool called GeoTemporalNet based on the framework called JSNVA. GeoTemporalNet is composed of two major parts, one part is used to show the geographical information in the grid on the panel and the other part is used to show the structure of different networks. JSNVA (Java Straight-line drawing Network Visual Analysis framework) is a software framework JSNVA for network visual analysis in different applications. JSNVA has a clear architecture and supports a more systematic way of implementing different straight-line graph drawing algorithms which show different networks on different views. JSNVA can be used as a front-end for visualization and a back-end for analysis in applications, and it can be customized for different applications. The paper of more details about JSNVA will be published in ADMA2008. Based on JSNVA, the data in GeoTemporalNet’s applications are stored in a graph structure as nodes and edges, and if there are relations between two nodes there will be an edge. The information in nodes and edges can be stored and achieved by different keys, such as time, position, names et al.

In this mini challenge, we use the undirected graph data structure to record the social relationships between different contributors. We use the force directed algorithm to layout the social network. By using GeoTemportalNet, we can not only show networks but also use different algorithms to analyze the network based on the basic graph structure in JSNVA. There is a video about the basic operations of our tool in this mini challenge.

 

Wiki-1: What are the factions represented in the edit pages and who are its members?

GROUP

Names

The opponents of the VictoriaV etc.

Edemir; Rm99; Agustin; DailosTamanca; Sara; Cuarto

The friends of Agustin etc.

BakBOT; Socorro; Ciro; RyogaNica; Abelardo; Josecastro79

The friends of Sara etc.

Amado; Alvaro; Niermague; Edemir; Paintman; Niermague

The friends of Cansado etc.

Honoria; Remedios; BakBot

The friends of BakBot etc.

Edemir; Seina; Agustin; Remedios; Cansado; Romana

The friends of the Honoria etc.

Salvatora; Airunp; Cansado; Abejundio

 

Detailed Answer:

We get the relationships between contributors based on the comments in the Wikipedia’s Paraiso edits page. We try to detect their relationships by finding the “vandalism and repair” pattern in the comments by different contributors. In this edits page there are lots of comments having the “vandalism and repair” pattern, and that there are some sentence structures that can show the relationships between contributors. We focus on 2 kinds of sentence structures: the first kind is “revert sb1 to sb2”; the second kind is “undo sb1”. By the first sentence structure, we can know that the contributor is against sb1 and supports sb2. By the second sentence structure, we can know that the contributor is against sb1. There are some synonyms and abbreviations for the keywords “revert” and “undo”. The synonyms and abbreviations of the keyword “revert” in the Wikipedia’s Paraiso page are: “reverted”, “rv”, “rv.”, “rv/v” and “rvv”. The synonyms and abbreviations of the keyword “undo” in the Wikipedia’s Paraiso page are: “undid”.

After getting the relationships between contributors, we can get a social network as show in figure 1. In figure 1, the thickness indicates the times of their “support and against” relationships. We also set a threshold to test whether the relationships are “against” or “support”. After counting their “support and against” relationship times, we get the fraction of “against” relationships. In order to get the “against” relationship more strictly, we choose the edges whose fractions of “against” are above 0.6 as the “against” relations. In figure 1, we use the red edges to show the “against” relations and the blue edges to show the “support” relationships. On closer inspection we can realize these patterns indicate what the Wikipedia community called “edit wars”. We can find that the most controversial contributor may be VictoriaV, as there are a lot strong “against” edges link to him. His main opponents are Edemir, Rm99, Agustin, DailosTamanca, Sara et al. We can also get that BakBOT, Edemir, Seina are friends. DailosTamanca, Genoveva and Mercenario97 are friends, while 82.152.249.x is an opponent to all of them. As we can find VictoriaV strongly support the Paraiso movement by reading the discussing page and wiki edits page.

 

Figure 1 the social network of the Wikipedia page

 

Wiki-2:  Is the Paraiso movement involved in violent activities? 

   YES

List of wiki edits providing evidence

# (cur) (last) 21:33, 18 September 2006 RyogaNica (Talk | contribs) (97,546 bytes) (Undid revision xxxxxxxxx by DailosTamanca (talk). fraudulent generalization corrected.)

# (cur) (last) 18:54, 18 September 2006 DailosTamanca (Talk | contribs) (97,503 bytes) (Undid revision xxxxxxxxx by RyogaNica (talk); these details reduce impact of sentence)

# (cur) (last) 18:36, 18 September 2006 RyogaNica (Talk | contribs) (97,546 bytes) (?Home schooling for girls - details added, there is clear rationale stated in the Manifesto)

# (cur) (last) 15:54, 18 September 2006 Edemir (Talk | contribs) (97,503 bytes) (?Home schooling for girls - Language and syntax cleanup, removed some redundancy, wikilinked "home schooling" etc.)

# (cur) (last) 12:05, 18 September 2006 DailosTamanca (Talk | contribs) (97,548 bytes) (Undid revision xxxxxxxxx by RyogaNica (talk); not so ridiculous)

# (cur) (last) 04:38, 18 September 2006 RyogaNica (Talk | contribs) (97,594 bytes) (?Home schooling for girls - typical POV pushing removed. this is so ridiculous.)

As for "followers being forced to work without pay" etc., this is not borne out by reputable sources such as Cuartio, who spent months with Catalano’s followers, observing daily life first hand, nor I believe by Guadalupe, who likewise spent considerable time there. Cheers, -- VictoriaV 03:40, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

As far as children are concerned the forced labour in some Catalano communities is more than well documented. A neutral account should present all evidence. (81.96.243.x) (talk) 04:01, 16 February 2007 (UTC))

Every comment related to his illegal migration activities has been refuted or glossed over. It's a daunting task to address every sentence, thus why people are complaining about its lack of neutrality. Agustin (talk) 22:53, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

There also is an over-abundance of links to Youtube videos produced by Catalano’s Pirate Radio programs, this is unsavoury. The controversy surrounding Catalano has been downplayed considerably. There is no mention of his subjugation of women, no mention of the issues with mandatory home schooling for girls, and no mention of the consequences of prohibiting medical services without permission from the “Family Head”. Rm99 (talk) 17:09, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

They get kicked out or locked away if they refuse the males' wishes. I don't know, maybe it's just obvious to me... Dove 03:50, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Short Answer:

There are a lot of patterns indicate what the Wikipedia community called “edit wars” which means two people or groups edit the Wikipedia page alternately. There are “Vandalism and repair” and “Mass deletion” patterns in these comments. The normal size of this Wikipedia page is about 100,000 bytes. We define a “mass deletion” to be a version that was less 1,000 bytes. There are some impolite words in these comments such as bull, crap, cult etc.

In the Wiki discussing page, there are some discussions about the "Followers being forced to work without pay". In the Wiki discussing page and edits page, there are many discussing about female’s rights. They mentioned that “the females get kicked out or locked away if they refuse the males' wishes”.  So we think the Paraiso movement involved in violent activities and it was controversial.

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