Mining Wikipedia to Rank Rock Guitarists

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Muazzam A. Siddiqui 1,*

1. Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

* Corresponding author.


Received: 5 Mar. 2015 / Revised: 28 Jul. 2015 / Accepted: 5 Sep. 2015 / Published: 8 Nov. 2015

Index Terms

Wikipedia mining, PageRank for people, information extraction, text mining, music data mining


We present a method to find the most influential rock guitarist by applying Google PageRank algorithm to information extracted from Wikipedia articles. The influence of a guitarist was estimated by the number of guitarists citing him/her as an influence and the influence of the latter. We extracted this who-influenced-whom data from the Wikipedia biographies and converted them to a directed graph where a node represented a guitarist and an edge between two nodes indicated the influence of one guitarist over the other. Next we used Google PageRank algorithm to rank the guitarists. The results are most interesting and provide a quantitative foundation to the idea that most of the contemporary rock guitarists are influenced by early blues guitarists. Although no direct comparison exist, the list was still validated against a number of other best-of lists available online and found to be mostly compatible.

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Muazzam A. Siddiqui, "Mining Wikipedia to Rank Rock Guitarists", International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications(IJISA), vol.7, no.12, pp.50-56, 2015. DOI:10.5815/ijisa.2015.12.05


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