An agent-based model of edit wars in Wikipedia: How and when is consensus reached

  title={An agent-based model of edit wars in Wikipedia: How and when is consensus reached},
  author={Arun Kalyanasundaram and Wei Wei and Kathleen M. Carley and James D. Herbsleb},
  journal={2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC)},
Edit wars are conflicts among editors of Wikipedia when editors repeatedly overwrite each other's content. Edit wars can last from a few days to several years before reaching consensus often leading to a loss of content quality. Therefore, the goal of this paper is to create an agent-based model of edit wars in order to study the influence of various factors involved in consensus formation. We model the behavior of agents using theories of group stability and reinforcement learning. We show… 

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