Dominance, Deference, and Hierarchy Formation in Wikipedia Edit-Networks

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50901-3_8

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 693)
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Lerner J., Lomi A. (2017) Dominance, Deference, and Hierarchy Formation in Wikipedia Edit-Networks. In: Cherifi H., Gaito S., Quattrociocchi W., Sala A. (eds) Complex Networks & Their Applications V. COMPLEX NETWORKS 2016 2016. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 693. Springer, Cham


Does co-editing of Wikipedia articles reveal users dominating others? Do these dyadic dominance orderings (if any) lead to a global linear hierarchy among contributing users? In this article we claim that dominance (respectively deference) is revealed by users undoing (respectively redoing) edits of others. We propose methods to turn the history of Wikipedia pages into a dynamic multiplex network resulting from three types of interaction events: dyadic dominance, dyadic deference, and third-party assigned dominance ties. We analyze various local temporal patterns for the different types of ties on a sample of page histories comprising 12,719 revisions by 7,657 unique users. On the dyad level we analyze whether two users tend to agree on a dominance order among them or whether dominated users tend to fight back. On the neighborhood level we analyze various degree effects including whether dominant users tend to dominate in the future and whether subordinate users tend to get dominated. On the triad level we analyze whether users have a preference for transitive closure over cyclic closure of dominance ties. These dynamic patterns shed light on the micro processes that can foster or impede the emergence of a global linear hierarchy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Università della Svizzera italianaLuganoSwitzerland

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