Date of Award

December 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Ethan Munson

Committee Members

Susan McRoy, Dietmar Wolfram


Classification, Clustering, History, Revision, Wikipedia


Version controlled documents provide a complete history of the changes to the document, including everything from what was changed to who made the change and much more. Through the use of cluster analysis and several sets of manipulated data, this research examines the revision history of Wikipedia in an attempt to find language-independent patterns that could assist in automatic page classification software. Utilizing two sample data sets and applying the aforementioned cluster analysis, no conclusive evidence was found that would indicate that such patterns exist. Our work on the software, however, does provide a foundation for more possible types of data manipulation and refined clustering algorithms to be used for further research into finding such patterns.