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Wikipedia versus Amazon Round 2: Biography of Miles Davis


I have been considering the question of how well Wikipedia biography-style articles cover the relevant life aspects of cultural figures. Of particular interest is how Wikipedia covers the social network of cultural figures. Such issues of coverage are critical to investigators seeking to understand the people who most influence important figures.

Today’s blog post considers the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. “Miles Davis: The Autobiography”, was published by Simon & Schuster (448 pages, published September 15, 1990). The book is indeed very well reviewed and available on Amazon for $12
Miles: The Autobiography

The Wikipedia article on Miles does a somewhat better job at covering the social network of Miles, compared to the page on Grace Slick that I analyzed in yesterday’s post. The stats are as follows: “Miles Davis: The Autobiography” contains the names of 534 contacts with Miles, and Wikipedia article contains the names of 138 contacts. There are 95 names that are in the intersection of the two sets, and hence there are 534-95=439 names in the book that are not mentioned in the Wikipedia article, and there are 138-95= 43 names in Wikipedia not mentioned in the book. Below is the full list of these three sets. In the case of Grace Slick, Wikipedia had a coverage rate of less than 5%. We see here that for Miles Davis, Wikipedia has a coverage rate of about 20%. This coverage relationship is reflected in the graphic at right.

The Social Network of Miles Davis from the Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Davis) and the book “Miles Davis: The Autobiography” by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe.

Names in Intersection of both Miles Autobiography and Wikipedia Article

George Avakian
Bill Barber
Gary Bartz
Walter Bishop
Art Blakey
Billy Boy
Clifford Brown
James Brown
Dave Brubeck
Elwood Buchanan
Paul Buckmaster
Donald Byrd
Ron Carter
Paul Chambers
Don Cherry
Jimmy Cobb
Billy Cobham
George Coleman
John Coltrane
Will Come
Pete Cosey
Betty Davis
Gregory Davis
Miles Dewey Davis
Jack DeJohnette
George Duke
Billy Eckstine
Duke Ellington
Bill Evans
Gil Evans
Leonard Feather
Avery Fisher
Tommy Flanagan
Sonny Fortune
Al Foster
Jerry Garcia
Carlos Garnett
Leonard Gaskin
Al Haig
Barry Harris
Jimmy Heath
Michael Henderson
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Hodges
Dave Holland
Robert Irving
Michael Jackson
Keith Jarrett
Jack Johnson
Darryl Jones
Joe Jones
Duke Jordan
Lee Konitz
Michel Legrand
John Lewis
Dave Liebman
Betty Mabry
Louis Malle
Hugh Masekela
Howard McGhee
Al McKibbon
John McLaughlin
Pierre Michelot
Steve Miller
Billy Mitchell
Hank Mobley
James Moody
Charlie Parker
Tommy Potter
Eddie Randle
Sam Rivers
Max Roach
Sonny Rollins
George Russell
Carlos Santana
John Scofield
Sonny Sharrock
Wayne Shorter
Sandy Siegelstein
Miles Smiles
Mike Stern
Sonny Stitt
Art Taylor
Sir Charles Thompson
Claude Thornhill
George Wallington
Ralph Watkins
Bob Weinstock
Barney Wilen
Harold Williams
Tony Williams
Larry Young
Joe Zawinul
Michael Zwerin

Names in Miles Autobiography and not in Wikipedia Article

Joe Albany
Irving Alexander
Billie Alien
Steve Alien
Sid All
Mark Allison
Herb Alpert
Gene Ammons
Marian Anderson
Sheila Anderson
Henry Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Nick Ashford
Fred Astaire
Clarence Avon
Albert Ayler
Ann Baker
Chet Baker
Harold Baker
David Baldwin
James Baldwin
Anthony Barboza
Ellen Barkin
Tom Barney
Mickey Bass
Sidney Bechet
Joe Beck
Harry Belafonte
Julie Belafonte
Fay Bellamy
Tony Bennett
George Benson
Billy Berg
Bob Berg
Leonard Bernstein
Chuck Berry
John Bigham
Larry Bird
Rudy Bird
Fred Birth
Larry Blackmon
Sally Blair
Jimmy Blanton
Max Boach
Jerome Bobbins
Paul Bobeson
Willie Bobo
Jean Bock
Angela Bofill
Sonny Bollins
Lester Bowie
Peter Bradley
Marion Brando
Leo Branton
Johnny Bratton
David Brinkley
Duke Brooks
Harvey Brooks
Richard Brooks
Chuck Brown
Ray Brown
Lee Browne
Bart Bull
Ralph Bunche
William Burroughs
Richard Burton
Barbara Bush
George Butler
Calvin Butts
Don Byas
John Cage
Roy Campanella
Steve Cannon
Johnny Carisi
Charlie Carpenter
Joe Carroll
Johnny Carson
Betty Carter
Dick Cavett
Jack Chambers
Jordan Chambers
Charlie Chan
Charlie Chaplin
Ray Charles
Sir Charles
Dorothy Cherry
Jesus Christ
Stanley Clarke
Adam Clayton
Gil Coggins
Al Cohn
Bobby Colomby
Eddie Condon
Aaron Cop
Bill Cosby
Marc Crawford
Sonny Criss
Pat Cruz
Mario Cuomo
Dorothy Dandridge
Bobby Danzig
Dorothy Davis
Henry Davis
Richard Davis
Susan DeSandes
James Dean
Billy Dee
Page Definitions
Miles Dewey
Larry Doby
Bill Doggett
Eric Dolphy
Lou Donaldson
Bob Dorough
Jimmy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Alan Douglas
Frederick Douglass
Charles Duckworth
Marie Dutton
Bob Dylan
Greg Edwards
Roy Eldridge
Don Elliott
Eric Engles
Marguerite Eskridge
John Eubanks
Jon Faddis
George Faison
Art Farmer
Joel Fbcelrad
Victor Feldman
Barry Finnerty
James Finney
Roberta Flack
Joseph Foley
Jimmy Forrest
David Franklin
Richard Franklin
Leonard Fraser
Bud Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Walter Gil Fuller
Peter Gabriel
David Gahr
Mark Gardner
Jimmy Garrison
Dave Garroway
Susan Garvin
Marvin Gaye
Rudy Van Gelder
Stan Getz
Paula Giddings
Gary Giddins
John Gilmore
Allen Ginsberg
Ira Gitler
Ralph Gleason
Lester Glossner
Danny Glover
Oscar Goodstein
Joe Gordon
Max Gordon
Teresa Gordon
Bill Graham
Billy Graham
Gary Grant
Norman Granz
Dick Gregory
Al Grey
Steve Grossman
Bob Guccione
Frank Gully
Joe Guy
Bobby Hackett
Charlie Haden
Marvin Hagler
Alex Haley
Jim Hall
Randy Hall
John Hammond
Eddie Handle
Josephine Hanes
Ben Harris
Donald Harrison
Billy Hart
Laurence Harvey
Leonard Hawkins
Lance Hay
Roy Haynes
Marion Hazel
Neil Hefti
Ernest Hemingway
Fletcher Henderson
Connie Henry
Woody Herman
John Hicks
Clyde Higgins
Beverly Hills
Andre Hodeir
Adam Hoizman
Billie Holiday
Bob Holman
John Hoskins
Johnny Hoskins
Fred Hudson
George Hudson
Janet Jackson
Oliver Jackson
Russell Jacquet
Harry James
Tom Jefferson
Ted Joans
Howard John
Don Johnson
Howard Johnson
Hank Jones
Jimmy Jones
Thad Jones
Connie Kay
Ted Kelly
Robert Kennedy
Jack Kerouac
Dorothy Kilgallen
Andy Kirk
Deborah Kirk
Julia Knickerbocker
King Kolax
David Kuhn
Scott LaFaro
Adam Lambert
Rudy Langlais
Gilles Larrain
Willie Leaps
Carl Lee
Donna Lee
Ray Leonard
Stan Levey
Stewart Levine
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
Tommy LiPuma
Alfred Lion
Charles Llovd
Elaine Lorillard
Ron Lorman
Joe Louis
Harold Lovett
Bruce Lundvall
Martin Luther
Curtis Lyie
Harold Mabern
Fred MacMurray
Judith Mallin
Jane Mandy
Chuck Mangione
Anna Maria
Allan Marshall
Karl Mays
Willie Mays
Marilyn Mazur
Howard McGee
Vic McMillan
Terry McMillen
Bobby McQuillen
Jay McShann
Thomas Medina
Lester Meets
Gordon Meltzer
Harold Melvin
Jason Miles
Ron Milner
Charlie Mingus
Arthur Mitchell
Hank Mob
Marilyn Monroe
Joe Montdragon
Archie Moore
Rudy Ray Moore
Lee Morgan
Sam Morrison
George Morrow
Paul Motian
Fred Muggs
Chris Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Stan Musial
Leon Ndugu
Willie Nelson
Don Newcombe
Joe Newman
Paul Newman
Eric Nisenson
Kim Novak
Laura Nyro
Joe Overstreet
Harry Parch
Irving Penn
Oscar Pettiford
Pablo Picasso
William Pickens
Jane Pittman
Eugene Porter
Margaret Porter
Roy Porter
Adam Clayton Powell
Bud Powell
Elvis Presley
Richard Pryor
Bernard Purdee
Michael Putland
Paul Quinechette
Boyd Raeburn
George Raft
Eddie Randie
Steve Ratner
Ronald Reagan
David Redfern
Eugene Redmond
Christopher Reeve
Steve Reid
Carol Reiff
Carole Reiff
Robert Reisner
Frank Reliak
Neil Reshen
Charlie Rice
Evelyn Rice
Spencer Richards
Benjamin Rietveld
Ray Robin
James Robinson
John Robinson
Ray Robinson
Jim Rose
Annie Ross
Mark Rothbaum
Charlie Rouse
Steve Rowland
Ernie Royal
Pete Rugolo
Howard Rumsey
Robert Russell
Ross Russell
Jimmy Ryan
Diana Sands
Ben Shapiro
Billy Shaw
Woody Shaw
George Shearing
Archie Shepp
Peter Shukat
George Shultz
Cynthia Simmons
Paul Simon
Valerie Simpson
Frank Sinatra
Jimmy Smith
Willie Smith
Yvonne Smith
John Philip Sousa
Michael Spinks
Bruce Springsteen
Dewey Square
Chip Stern
Isaac Stern
Jon Stevens
John Stobblefield
Billy Strayhorn
Barbra Streisand
Frank Strozier
Paul Stuart
John Stubblefield
Donald Suggs
Art Tatum
Billy Taylor
Clyde Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Frances Taylor
Connie Theresa
Angus Thomas
Gary Thomas
Leon Thomas
Michael Thomas
Charles Thompson
Steven Thornton
Emmett Till
Irving Townsend
Sonny Truitt
Mike Tyson
Barry Ulanov
William Vachiano
Sarah Vaughan
Vincent Virgo
Derek Walcott
Mike Warren
George Washington
Ralph Wat
Ben Webster
George Wein
Karen Weitzman
Lawrence Welk
Ricky Wellman
Paul Whiteman
Jack Whittemore
Vince Wilburn
Vincent Wilburn
Ernie Wilkins
Ed Williams
Joe Williams
Pamela Williams
Robin Williams
Larry Willis
Phillip Wilson
Russ Wilson
Shadow Wilson
Bernard Wright
Judge Bruce Wright
Andrew Young
Ann Young
Charlie Young
Lester Young

Names in Wikipedia Article and not in Autobiography

Duane Allman
Joe Bonner
Earl Bostic
Julie Christensen
Earl Coleman
John Conyers
Richard Cook
David Creamer
King Crimson
Miles Henry Davis
Michael Franks
George Gershwin
David Grisman
Tim Hagans
Bill Hardman
Ann Hathaway
Harold Ivory
Gerald Kilduff
Bill Laswell
Charles Lloyd
Alan Lomax
John Lydon
Charles Mingus
Brian Morton
Frances Munkissa
Bill Murray
Tom Palumbo
Paul Quinichette
Harry Reasoner
Don Rolker
Christian Scott
Joe Shulman
Cristopher Smith
Dennis Stock
Les Sussman
Clark Terry
Louis Walk
Neil Young

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