Aaron Halfaker ( / h æ f eɪ k ər / ) is an American computer scientist and a principal research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation . [4] [5] [6]

Education and career

Halfaker earned a BS in computer science from the College of St. Scholastica in 2006, where he started off as a physical therapy with Diana Johnson. [7] He later earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the GroupLens research lab at the University of Minnesota in 2013. He is known for his research on Wikipedia and the decrease in the number of active editors of the site. [8] [9] [10] He has said that Wikipedia has a “decline phase” around 2007 and has continued to decline since then. [11] [12] Halfaker HAS aussi Studied automated accounts is Wikipedia, Known As bots , [13] and the Way They affect new contributors to the site. [4] While a graduate student, he, along with Stuart Geiger , developed a tool for Wikipedia editing called ” Snuggle “, the goal of which is to eliminate vandalism and spam, and also highlight constructive contributions by new editors. [14] [15] He has also built an artificial intelligence engine known as “Objective Revision Evaluation Service” (or ORES for short), used to identify vandalism on Wikipedia and distinguished it from good faith edits.

References

  1. Jump up^ Halfaker, Aaron (31 January 2017). “Twitter status” . Twitter .
  2. Jump up^ “Wicked Smart: 5 questions with U of M PhD and Wikipedian Aaron Halfaker” . TechMN. 11 December 2013 . Retrieved January 5, 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ “Aaron Halfaker Curriculum Vitae” .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Hicks, Jesse (February 18, 2014). “This machine kills trolls” . The Verge . Retrieved 11 December 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ Simon, Matt (1 March 2017). “Internet Bots Fight Each Other Because They’re All Too Human” . Wired . Retrieved 22 March 2017 .
  6. Jump up^ “Staff and Contractors” . Wikimedia Foundation . 12 November 2015 . Retrieved June 4, 2017 .
  7. Jump up^ Clark, Valerie. “Computer science alum making headlines through work at Wikipedia” . Retrieved 2017-01-31 .
  8. Jump up^ Nosowitz, Dan (January 28, 2013). “Wikipedia is getting Worse as it gets Better” . Popular Science . Retrieved January 5, 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ Halfaker, A .; Geiger, RS; Morgan, JT; Riedl, J. (28 December 2012). “The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Is It Causing Its Decline”. American Behavioral Scientist . 57 (5): 664-688. Doi : 10.1177 / 0002764212469365 .
  10. Jump up^ LeJacq, Yannick (2 February 2013). “Wikipedia Reaches 3 Billion Monthly Mobile Views Amid Concerns About Contributor Content” . International Business Times . Retrieved 11 December 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ Jacobs, Harrison (22 November 2013). “Wikipedia Could Degenerate If It Can not Fix One Big Problem” . Business Insider . Retrieved 11 December 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Simonite, Tom (22 October 2013). “The Decline of Wikipedia” . MIT Technology Review . Retrieved 13 March 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ Kloc, Joe (February 25, 2014). “Wikipedia Is Edited by Bots. That’s a Good Thing.” . Newsweek . Retrieved 11 December 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ Baker, Katie (31 October 2013). “Wikipedia’s Wobbling (Citation Needed)” . Newsweek . Retrieved 26 December 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Matias, J. Natian (8 June 2015). “The Tragedy of the Digital Commons” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 22 February 2016 .
  16. Jump up^ Metz, Cade (1 December 2015). “Wikipedia Deploys AI to Expand Its Ranks of Human Editors” . Wired . Retrieved January 12, 2016 .
  17. Jump up^ Simonite, Tom (1 December 2015). “Artificial Intelligence Aims to Make Wikipedia Friendlier and Better” . MIT Technology Review . Retrieved 22 February 2016 .

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