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The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:22 am

I was reading New Scientist (18 June 2011/No2817) and read this

"if you pick a random Wikipedia article, click on the first blue hyperlinked word not in brackets or italics, then recursively keep on clicking on the first such word in subsequent articles, you will always end up at 'Philosophy'.

Can you find any others?

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Alex Steiner on Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:25 am

It finally made its way into the commercial media? It works, anecdotally at least. I don't know of any others though, certainly none as simple.


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:33 am

to prove it here is one I prepared earlier:

Yasutaka Kobayashi, Japanese, East Asia, subregion, region, geography, science, knowledge, facts, information, sequence, mathematics, quantity, property, modern philosophy, philosophy.

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Reverse Simplicity on Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:59 am

Evil > Intention > agent > (Ignoring <> as well?) Power > capability > ability > skill > middle english > history of the english language > West Germanic languages > Germanic languages > Indo-European languages > Language family > Language > Communication > Information > Sequence > Mathematics > Quantity > Property (Philosophy) > Modern philosophy > Philosophy.



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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Reverse Simplicity on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:06 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplicity

What is written is not always the word on the page, it is the heading of the page it links to Wink

Simplicity > Complexity > Complex systems > Mathematical model > System > Mathe.... SON OF A GUN!

System shall be beaten!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason (the first blue word on the philosophy page)

Reason > Rationality > Phil... /wrists

Why... why did you do this?



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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Reverse Simplicity on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:11 am

Eyelash > eyelid > eye > sense organ > nervous system > biological system > biology > natural science > science...

Yep ok wiki is rigged, how long did it take them to set it up? xD


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Alex Steiner on Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:30 am

OK then. RS has had a mild breakdown. Move along, nothing to see here.

It's a symptom of the syntax of the opening sentence, which gives the topic or context, leading to broader categories.

Notice that the philosophy article has no links in the first sentence.


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by The King of Eggs on Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:42 am

5 clicks to jesus.

gogogo


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Reverse Simplicity on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:37 am

The King of Eggs wrote:5 clicks to jesus.

gogogo

If you mean Philosophy to jesus. I got it in 3. Otherwise idk.

Philosophy > Philosophy of religion > Christianity > Jesus


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Alex Steiner on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:45 am

What'd be cool is a big map of what links to what, and you can trace the near infinite paths from one article to another, and find the shortest.


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Reverse Simplicity on Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:01 pm

I maybe would... but people would not pay for such a thing.


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by The King of Eggs on Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:43 pm

its a game.

with enough practise you can go from any page to jesus in 5 or less clicks for example.

Curious wormfish>scientific clasifications>darwinian{charles darwin}>church of england>jesus christ

now find the weirdest ones you can!


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by The King of Eggs on Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:51 pm

secret talents of the stars {short lived tv series, used random}>united states>christian>jesus christ


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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:27 am

Wikipedia black holes were the first link of a page leads to a page whos frist link links back to the previous page such as 'computer software' - 'program' - 'Computer software'.

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:02 am

Wheeldon>Alice Wheeldon>Independent Labour Party>Socialism>Economic System>Society>Interpersonal Relationship>Inference>Formal Proof>Proposition>Philosophy

Fancy that!

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:15 am

congrats to Tim Tam for being the first to post in this thread since July 16th 2011

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Thank you. :)

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:18 am

Darth Skywalkerbacca wrote:congrats to Tim Tam for being the first to post in this thread since July 16th 2011

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:18 am

Darth Skywalkerbacca wrote:congrats to Tim Tam for being the first to post in this thread since July 16th 2011

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:19 am

you don't win a prize though

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:19 am

My Goodness! How do we delete these things!?

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:21 am

You can't it is forbidden on resplect

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:24 am

Well you're the ones who have to put up with the multiple posts trying to correct things.

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Darth Skywalkerbacca on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:30 am

It shall be recorded here for eternity, all your mistakes so post wisely

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:33 am

Whops

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Re: The Wikipedia Phenomenon

Post by Tim Tam on Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:34 am

Whoops* Wink

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