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CrowdLang - First steps towards programmable human computers for general computation


Minder, Patrick; Bernstein, Abraham (2011). CrowdLang - First steps towards programmable human computers for general computation. In: 3rd Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2011), San Francisco, CA, USA, 1 January 2011 - 1 January 2011, 103-108.

Abstract

Crowdsourcing markets such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk provide an enormous potential for accomplishing work by combining human and machine computation. Today crowdsourcing is mostly used for massive parallel information processing for a variety of tasks such as image labeling. However, as we move to more sophisticated problem-solving there is little knowledge about managing dependencies between steps and a lack of tools for doing so. As the contribution of this paper, we present a concept of an executable, model-based programming language and a general purpose framework for accomplishing more sophisticated problems. Our approach is inspired by coordination theory and an analysis of emergent collective intelligence. We illustrate the applicability of our proposed language by combining machine and human computation based on exist- ing interaction patterns for several general computation problems.

Abstract

Crowdsourcing markets such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk provide an enormous potential for accomplishing work by combining human and machine computation. Today crowdsourcing is mostly used for massive parallel information processing for a variety of tasks such as image labeling. However, as we move to more sophisticated problem-solving there is little knowledge about managing dependencies between steps and a lack of tools for doing so. As the contribution of this paper, we present a concept of an executable, model-based programming language and a general purpose framework for accomplishing more sophisticated problems. Our approach is inspired by coordination theory and an analysis of emergent collective intelligence. We illustrate the applicability of our proposed language by combining machine and human computation based on exist- ing interaction patterns for several general computation problems.

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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
Language:English
Event End Date:1 January 2011
Deposited On:10 Aug 2012 12:46
Last Modified:13 Aug 2017 12:15
Publisher:AAAI Publications
Official URL:http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/WS/AAAIW11/paper/view/3891
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2520

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