.. is the Wikipedia handle of Andrew G. West.
He received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania while working on the topic of wiki and open collaboration security, writing over a dozen academic papers relevant to Wikipedia's operations (see his C.V. and website). English Wikipedia was a primary case study in these efforts, motivating much of the community involvement detailed below.
Now, all participation is done on a purely volunteer/unaffiliated basis.
Of particular interest to Wikipedia, Dr. West has developed several tools:
- STiki – A collaborative anti-vandalism/spam GUI tool characterized by machine-learning and prioritized inspection (900k+ reverts!)
- WikiAudit – Given an IP range(s), produces an audit report of suspicious users and editing activity
Several other projects are ongoing or in development:
- WP:MED statistics - Cross-language analysis of medical page view statistics (w/ User:Doc James); see our paper in JMIR (and some raw data)
- Turnitin Collaboration – Copyright detection via machine-learning and a third-party anti-plagiarism service
- Untitled – Using graph-based learning, metadata, and NLP towards category suggestions for articles (and possible HotCat integration?)
Other roles across the project:
- (inactive) A "flow funder" in the corresponding WMF pilot project, overseeing small grant disbursement (want funding?)
- A data collector/analyst for wiki projects (primarily en.wp); producing reports on:
- Popular articles (weekly) -- basis for WP:TOP25 -- and year-end reports for 2015-ALL, 2014-ALL, and 2013-ALL
- Popular medical articles (weekly) -- and year-end reports for 2014-MED
- Popular redlinks (weekly) -- informing article/redirect/disambig creation (paused 2016-08)
- One-off statistical reports I don't want to beautify often end up on my Pastebin profile
- See also my well-publicized Signpost article regarding traffic catalysts/trends