Monday, 13 June 2011

The UK is the center of Wikipedia.

Ever look up an article on Wikipedia and after clicking on different links find yourself looking at something completely different? If you started researching the United Kingdom, in a few clicks you could be anywhere.

On average it takes only 3.67 clicks to get from the article about the United Kingdom to any of the other 2,111,479 articles on Wikipedia. Strangely, the first runner-up for the title of "Center of Wikipedia" is former tennis pro Billie Jean King (3.68) followed closely by the United States (3.69).

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I hope he reads this, I've got over 400 referrals from his blog! Cheers buddy.

28 comments:

  1. Is that so? I gotta try this!

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  2. that's amazing, it's like the 6 degree of separation thing applied to wikipedia :p

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  3. Good facts, thanks for the shout out, keep it coming.

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  4. Weldone the angry lurker, its nice to see when people are helping each other out!

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  5. Well, it's normal, one of the oldest countries on Europe that still exist and is still big and influent:D

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  6. that was a cool read. i loved the "shortest path" thing. it was crazy how quickly you could get between two unrelated things (such as two clicks from Ted Bundy to Syria)

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  7. Thats so cool ;D gonna test this theory! ;D

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  8. Those damn Brits, they have taken over everything! :D

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  9. I think it means that the UK is the most knowledgeable part of the world. Followed due to interest.

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  10. Wow, i'm gonna try this later. Is this a bug?

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  11. What does this say about the average iq of the uk?

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  12. Sounds pretty good, but with such a rich history, it's hardly surprising that the UK is so closely related to so many other entries on wiki.

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  13. That's fascinating. You can also click the first word in each article (starting from any wikipedia article) that isn't the title of the article, isn';t in bold or italics, and isn't in parentheses, and you'll eventually end up on the article for philosophy.

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  14. I know one of my favorite people on youtube set up a challenge of the fewest clicks of connection them with the most hated famous person (I think someone got hitler and her in like three clicks), but haha browsing by random clicks is a fun thing to do.

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  15. wikipedia is hard to understand sometimes...

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  16. Billie Jean King... that's incredibly out of place. I need to experiment.

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  17. at college we used to play a game - click random article and see how many clicks it takes you on the pages that show up to get to Adolf Hitler.

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  18. I had no idea I'll have to try this.

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  19. Less than 6 degrees of separation...

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