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High-Throughput Crowdsourcing Mechanisms for Complex Tasks

High-Throughput Crowdsourcing Mechanisms for Complex Tasks

Guido Sautter und Klemens Böhm


Proceedings of SocInfo, Singapore, 2011

Datum: 2011

Crowdsourcing is popular for large-scale data processing endeavors that require human input. However, working with a large community of users raises new challenges. In particular, both possible misjudgment and dishonesty threaten the quality of the results. Common countermeasures are based on redundancy, giving way to a tradeoff between result quality and throughput. Ideally, measures should (1) maintain high throughput and (2) ensure high result quality at the same time. Existing work on crowdsourcing mostly focuses on result quality, paying little attention to throughput or even to that tradeoff. One reason is that the number of tasks (individual atomic units of work) is usually small. A further problem is that the tasks users work on are small as well. In consequence, existing result-improvement mechanisms do not scale to the number or complexity of tasks that arise, for instance, in proofreading and processing of digitized legacy literature. This paper proposes novel result improvement mechanisms that (1) are independent of the size and complexity of tasks and (2) allow to trade result quality for throughput to a significant extent. Both mathematical analyses and extensive simulations show the effectiveness of the proposed mechanisms.


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