The Third Man : hierarchy formation in Wikipedia

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LERNER, Jürgen, Alessandro LOMI, 2017. The Third Man : hierarchy formation in Wikipedia. In: Applied Network Science. 2, 24. eISSN 2364-8228. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s41109-017-0043-2

@article{Lerner2017-12Third-42405, title={The Third Man : hierarchy formation in Wikipedia}, year={2017}, doi={10.1007/s41109-017-0043-2}, volume={2}, journal={Applied Network Science}, author={Lerner, Jürgen and Lomi, Alessandro}, note={Article Number: 24} }

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