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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
Department of Information and Decision Sciences

PI: Yuqing Ren

Predicting Individual Turnover in Wikipedia Projects

Many studies have examined why Internet users join online groups like Wikipedia projects to do collaborative work. Few studies have studied reasons why people leave these projects. Is it because they are not performing, don’t like the work or the group, or feel they have accomplished their mission? This project examines factors that predict individual turnover in Wikipedia projects to address these questions. The researchers mine data archives provided by the WikiMedia Foundation to measure individual and group characteristics. At the individual level, they examine individual tenure, project experience, performance, social embeddedness, and the number of projects involved, and how they affect turnover. At the group level, they examine group tenure, diversity, and cohesion, and how they affect individual turnover. The project requires MSI resources because the large size of the datasets precludes use of desktop machines.

Group Member

Sijia Wang, Graduate Student