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Distributed stats

Just about a week after its inception, the Distributed Game has passed 10K (now 12K, since I started writing this text) actions. Enough to see some interesting patterns in the stats.

By actions (an action is any decision made), the most popular sub-games are mix’n’match (42%) and matching new articles to existing items (36%), followed by the classic “merge items” (10%) from the original Game. “Merge items” has the lowest rate of actions that lead to Wikidata edits (18%), probably because it has been running for a while on the original Game, and many of the obvious cases have been done.

Mix’n’match, “administrative unit”, and “items without image” all have over 80% actions that also edit Wikidata. The last one is easy to understand; the candidate images are taken from associated Wikipedia articles, and have been filtered against “common” images (that is, images that are used on many pages, like navbox icons), so the success rate is high.

“Administrative unit” is new, and the coordinate-based suggestions appear to be of high quality. Mix’n’match has been around in the shape of the original tool for quite a while, but has always lacked enough people to get all the “easy ones”; since many of the entries here are people, ambiguity seems to be low.

The “source meta” game has a Wikidata “edit rate” of over 60%, which might drop as soon as the easy cases are done. Of course, many more entries will follow soon, so this should keep players entertained for a while.


  1. Frettie wrote:

    Hi, thanks for this game.
    Stats is not ready now (0.43 CET, 21.10.).
    But, maybe, can MixnMatch game offer select which external DB will be used to game?

    Or can i select some other choices like “Person” – maybe “Not Person”?

    Thanks, Frettie, Jirka, WM CZ.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 23:46 | Permalink
  2. Magnus wrote:

    Stats fixed, they broke when I deactivated the merge game due to Wikidata bug.

    Will look into mix’n’match game options.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:05 | Permalink
  3. Frettie wrote:

    You are awesome person – new filters is ON. Thanks.

    Can i have one more question?

    There are Primary Sources – there is some interface for adding it to Wikidata Qs, but – it would be a nice game, but – i dont know “how” it prepare, maybe it does not make at a game. I was thinking about it but – complexity of primary data sources (data with more references, some exists in Wikidata, some new properties) is problem and i dont have too much time (and probably knowledge) to prepare this game to Wikidata Game.

    But, it will be perfect game and Primary Sources will be in Wikidata sooner. Maybe.

    Thanks for filtering and thanks for reply.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:49 | Permalink
  4. Flora wrote:

    The mix’n’match stats with Leonore base will give very low rate of effective action on wikidata, since this database is “m. everybody got a medal at war”… too many homonyms, too little notorious persons :/

    Friday, October 23, 2015 at 08:48 | Permalink
  5. Magnus wrote:

    @flora now excluding Leonore catalog. Plenty of other fish in there.

    Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:16 | Permalink
  6. Alessio wrote:

    Thanks for this new tool! I give you some feedback:
    * Match new articles to items
    ** Using “main language” mode with itwiki seems not to recording “no” answers so same suggestions respawn over and over
    ** It could be very useful a link to

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10:37 | Permalink
  7. Magnus wrote:

    Should record “no” fine. Worked on tile generation, should avoid “respawns”.

    I did not include an item creation link on purpose – just because THIS item is not a match to the page doesn’t mean there isn’t the correct match somewhere in the game. Or maybe the correct match exists, but is not in the game at all. Item creation should involve at least some search beforehand, which does exceed the game constraints.

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 15:12 | Permalink
  8. Magnus wrote:

    Is it possible you saw the same PAGE multiple times, but with different ITEMS? That is correct behavior.

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 15:19 | Permalink
  9. Alessio wrote:

    I saw the same PAGE with differnt ITEMS but also with the same ITEM many times. Moreover the randome page generator seems to stuck upon 10-20 pages cyclally (those I’ve skipped or pressed “no”) and just sometimes appears a new page.

    Thanks for other explanations!

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 16:38 | Permalink
  10. Alessio wrote:

    Now the game seems normal: “skip” respawn, “no” don’t respawn and no more “cycle random”. The problem described above lasted some hours today. Thanks!

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 16:52 | Permalink
  11. Frettie wrote:

    Thanks for primary sources!

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 18:46 | Permalink