Steve Bennett wrote:
On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 8:28 AM, Lars Aronsson
Boring I am, but I would like to see updated versions of the non-satirical
version. A year-on-year diagram would be interesting.
Exactly that thought made me introduce category:men and women
in the Swedish Wikipedia in August 2008. It took 18 weeks to cover
all 80,000 biographies. We found that biographies make up 28 % of
all articles and there are 4 men to each woman. (The German
Wikipedia already had such categories.) We also continued
to add categories for birth and death year to those biographies
that lacked such information, using the men/women categories as
an identifier for biographies.
This year, another user introduced a category:Living people
(for men/women that lack a category for year of death), and
after six weeks we know that 42,000 or 45 % out of the now
93,600 biographies describe living people.
We now have enough data to draw a [[population pyramid]] for
biographies in the Swedish Wikipedia. One such diagram is
Note: This is very different from some languages of Wikipedia
that have these categories (men, women, living people) without
the *ambition to cover all biographic articles*. Without that
ambition, you can't use the categories for piecharts or this
kind of bookshelf diagram.
For other kinds of articles (non-biographies), such divisions
are much harder to establish. The category system doesn't
easily divide articles into such groups. Even within biographies,
there is no really systematic division of professions, so that
you can tell scientific people apart from political people,
or left-wing from right-wing politicians. You can do this
only for very limited groups of articles, such as biographies
of U.S. senators from the Democratic and Republican party.
For all articles, you can make an estimate by sampling random
articles, but exactly which labels should your piechart show?
If the section "History of Aberdeen" is made into an article
of its own, does that mean you have one more article on
geography (a city in Scotland) or one more article on history?
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se