Thursday, March 05, 2015

The #Italian job; a perspective on #bias

The Italian #Wikipedia is really into registering death and place of death. This is why an initial bot-run by Amir resulted in more deaths in Italy then elsewhere. This bias was visualised by Vizidata, I blogged about it in the past.

Today Amir finished another run of his bot on the Italian Wikipedia and he increased the bias with over 100,000 edits.

The point is very much that Wikidata has a bias and it is based on the quality of the Wikipedia data depended on. Running a bot repeatedly will increase quality and by inference bias. People die in Italy, apparently not so much in the Netherlands.

Now who says this Italian bias is bad?
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