Sparrows and Owls: Characterisation of Expert Behaviour in StackOverflow

  title={Sparrows and Owls: Characterisation of Expert Behaviour in StackOverflow},
  author={Jie Yang and Ke Tao and Alessandro Bozzon and Geert-Jan Houben},
Question Answering platforms are becoming an important repository of crowd-generated knowledge. In these systems a relatively small subset of users is responsible for the majority of the contributions, and ultimately, for the success of the Q/A system itself. However, due to built-in incentivization mechanisms, standard expert identification methods often misclassify very active users for knowledgable ones, and misjudge activeness for expertise. This paper contributes a novel metric for expert… CONTINUE READING
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