wikiFactor (wF) is the term used to describe the measurement of the impact of a wiki site. The wikiFactor is based on the popular scientific Hirsch h-index, as used for research citations. Details are given in the paper presented by Dr Carl McBride: wikiFactor: a measure of the importance of a wiki site. It used to be very simple to calculate, as its raw data was included as a statistical output of the integral core of some of the most popular wiki engines. As an example; for previous releases of the ubiquitous MediaWiki, first one would go to the Special:PopularPages page, and the wikiFactor value was determined as the number of pages – wF – that has had more than 1000 wF visits.
For example, the wikiFactor of WikiIndex (as reported by the final version of MediaWiki which included Special:PopularPages) is 20, i.e., page 20 in the list has had more than 20,000 visits, whereas page 21 has not yet reached 21,000 visits.
- Dr Carl McBride (20 February 2009); wikiFactor: a measure of the importance of a wiki site. (PDF); arXiv.org; Departamento de Qu'ımica F'ısica. Facultad de Ciencias Qu'ımicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ciudad Universitaria 28040 Madrid, Spain.
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