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Essay of the Day: Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View in the Case of Wikipedia


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Interesting idea, but OMG this is boring to read, needs some STYLE.

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Frederic DOMON's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:28 PM

Our study provides the first empirical evidence on the limit of collective intelligence. While many managers believe that they could improve their products by taking advantage of the wisdom of crowds, we show that in the case of Wikipedia, there are aspects such as NPOV that collective intelligence does not help achieve successfully.

Paz Barceló's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:18 AM

Sobre los límites de la inteligencia colectiva.

luiy's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:06 AM

We examine whether collective intelligence helps achieve a neutral point of view (NPOV) using data from Wikipedia’s articles on US politics. Our null hypothesis builds on Linus’ Law, often expressed as “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” Our findings are consistent with a narrow interpretation of Linus’ Law, namely, a greater number of contributors to an article makes an article more neutral. No evidence supports a broad interpretation of Linus’ Law. Moreover, several empirical facts suggest the law does not shape many articles. The majority of articles receive little attention, and most articles change only mildly from their initial slant. Our study provides the first empirical evidence on the limit of collective intelligence. While many managers believe that they could improve their products by taking advantage of the wisdom of crowds, we show that in the case of Wikipedia, there are aspects such as NPOV that collective intelligence does not help achieve successfully.

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These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky

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Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above.
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What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed?

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Hannah Dreier spent years covering the implosion of Venezuela. Her takeaway is a sobering one: There’s no rule that says that a miserable situation has to end, just because it’s too miserable.

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Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."
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Trump’s Russian Laundromat

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How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.
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Solar energy is killing coal, despite Trump's promises

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Rapidly-falling solar costs are going to make President Trump's promises to put coal miners back to work very difficult to achieve. Coal-fired power is projected to get cut in half by 2040 as renewable energy gains popularity.
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U.S. Quietly Removes 17 Sites From UN Biosphere Reserve Network

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The U.S. has quietly withdrawn 17 sites from the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves program. As first reported by National Geographic, the sites include
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Scientists find 38 million pieces of trash on Pacific island

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Researchers that travelled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, say they're astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches.
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The 23 Most Common Languages In The World [#Infographic] 

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Here are the 23 most common languages on the planet.

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The 23 Most Common Languages In The World [#Infographic]
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 The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism     :  Information Clearing House - ICH

Just ran across this article now a year old (prior to the US election). May you live in "Interesting times".
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Elon’s Neural Lace May Kill You – The Mission

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This week Elon Musk announced his latest company, Neuralink, which hopes to produce something called a Neural Lace. You may not know this but it’s the second neural lace company to come out in the…
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From Russia, With Oil

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In the past week, there have been several startling revelations about the investigations into Donald Trump, his closest allies, and their ties to Russia. Not only has the existence of two…
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A 130-Year-Old Fact About Dinosaurs Might Be Wrong

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New research on the creatures’ family tree could “shake dinosaur paleontology to its core.”
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Tanzania's ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

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International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations
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Internal EPA Documents Show Scramble for Data on Monsanto’s Roundup

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As agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. faces a growing wave of U.S. lawsuits over its top-selling Roundup herbicide line, among its key defense arguments is that
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States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

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EPA administrator Scott Pruitt decided that his agency would not place an outright ban on chlorpyrifos manufactured by Dow Chemical. Eric Schneiderman
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Atlantic Oil Surveys Could Kill Food Used By Fisheries

The tiny animals that provide food for fisheries face big threats from airguns used in oil surveys.
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As a species we seem slow to understand environmental cause & effect (understatement).
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'You want war?' Venezuela spars with rivals at OAS meeting

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Governments from across the Americas on Tuesday chastised Venezuela's socialist leadership for its handling of a political and economic crisis, prompting the OPEC nation's foreign minister to call the critics "lapdogs of imperialism."
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Forget coal, solar will soon be cheaper than natural gas power

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The staggering drop in the cost of clean energy has already upended the global power market over the past two decades — and that trend will only continue for the next two decades, according to new…
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Exxon Fined $21 Million For Violating Clean Air Act 16,386 Times

Exxon Fined $21 Million For Violating Clean Air Act 16,386 Times | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
"We believe it's the largest penalty resulting from a citizen suit in U.S. history," one of the plaintiffs said.
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Anti-vaccine activists spark a state’s worst measles outbreak in decades

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In Minnesota, the Somali American community has been hit hard, with a fourth of the young patients hospitalized.
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Social Media’s Silent Filter

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Under-the-radar workers have scrubbed objectionable material from Facebook and other sites since well before the fake-news controversy.
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Reason vs. Emotion – The Mission

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Of course, we are all guided by both reason and emotion, and both play important parts. However rationality is overvalued in our culture, and emotion undervalued, probably largely as a function of…
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The power of ordinary people facing totalitarianism

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Hannah Arendt, a political theorist, fled Germany during Adolf Hitler's rise to power and later wrote about ‘the banality of evil.’ Her work has recently become a best-seller. Here's why.
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I Dreamed a Dream the Other Night | Main Page

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British Council’s Museum Without Walls presents a group exhibition ‘I Dreamed A Dream The Other Night’. Titled after the 16th century Scottish lament ‘Lowlands Away’, the exhibition focuses on two strong traditions in British Art, landscape and sculpture, and features the work of Vanessa Bell, David Muirhead Bone, Eveleen Buckton, Charles Cheston, Duncan Grant, Wilfred Fairclough, Richard Long, Paul Nash, Susan Philipsz, Gwendolen Raverat, Philip Wilson Steer and Alfred Thornton from British Council Collection.
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