AAAI Publications, Third AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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Job Complexity and User Attention in Crowdsourcing Microtasks
Spencer Rothwell, Steele Carter, Ahmad Elshenawy, Daniela Braga

Last modified: 2016-03-28


This paper examines the importance of presenting simple, intuitive tasks when conducting microtasking on crowdsourcing platforms. Most crowdsourcing platforms allow the maker of a task to present any length of instructions to crowd workers who participate in their tasks. Our experiments show, however, most workers who participate in crowdsourcing microtasks do not read the instructions, even when they are very brief. To facilitate success in microtask design, we highlight the importance of making simple, easy to grasp tasks that do not rely on instructions for explanation.


Crowdsourcing; Microtasking; NER

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