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Optimizing microtask assignment on crowdsourcing platforms using Markov chain Monte Carlo

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posted on 2020-12-01, 00:00 authored by Alireza Moayedikia, Hadi Ghaderi, William YeohWilliam Yeoh
Microtasking is a type of crowdsourcing, denoting the act of breaking a job into several tasks and allocating them to multiple workers to complete. The assignment of tasks to workers is a complex decision-making process, particularly when considering budget and quality constraints. While there is a growing body of knowledge on the development of task assignment algorithms, the current algorithms suffer from shortcomings including: after-worker quality estimation, meaning that workers need to complete all tasks after which point their quality can be estimated; and one-off quality estimation method which estimates workers' quality only at the start of microtasking using a set of pre-defined quality-control tasks. To address these shortcomings, we propose a Markov Chain Monte Carlo–based task assignment approach known as MCMC-TA which provides iterative estimations of workers' quality and dynamic task assignment. Specifically, we apply Gaussian mixture model (GMM) to estimate workers' quality and Markov Chain Monte Carlo to shortlist workers for task assignment. We use Google Fact Evaluation dataset to measure the performance of MCMC-TA and compare it against the state-of-the-art algorithms in terms of AUC and F-Score. The results show that the proposed MCMC-TA algorithm not only outperforms the rival algorithms, but also offers a spammer-resistant result that maximizes the learning of workers' quality with minimal budget.



Decision Support Systems



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Amsterdam, The Netherlands





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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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