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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63243

Minder, Patrick; Bernstein, Abraham (2012). How to translate a book within an hour - Towards general purpose programmable human computers with CrowdLang. In: Web Science 2012, Evanston, Illinois, USA., 22 June 2012 - 24 June 2012.

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In this paper we present the programming language and framework CrowdLang for engineering complex computation systems incorporating large numbers of networked humans and machines agents. We evaluate CrowdLang by developing a text translation program incorporating human and machine agents. The evaluation shows that we are able to simply explore a large design space of possible problem solving programs with the simple variation of the used abstractions. Furthermore, an experiment, involving 1918 different human actors, shows that the developed mixed human-machine translation program significantly outperforms a pure machine translation in terms of adequacy and fluency whilst translating more than 30 pages per hour and that the program approximates the professional translated gold-standard to 75% using the automatic evaluation metric METEOR. Last but not least, our evaluation illustrates that our new human computation pattern staged-contest with pruning outperforms all other refinements in the translation task.


5 citations in Web of Science®
6 citations in Scopus®
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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Event End Date:24 June 2012
Deposited On:10 Jul 2012 08:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:52
Related URLs:http://www.websci12.org/
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:6988

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