AAAI Publications, First AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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DataSift: An Expressive and Accurate Crowd-Powered Search Toolkit
Aditya Parameswaran, Ming Han Teh, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jennifer Widom

Last modified: 2013-11-03


Traditional information retrieval systems have limited functionality. For instance, they are not able to adequately support queries containing non-textual fragments such as images or videos, queries that are very long or ambiguous, or semantically-rich queries over non-textual corpora. In this paper, we present DataSift, an expressive and accurate crowd-powered search toolkit that can connect to any corpus. We provide a number of alternative configurations for DataSift using crowdsourced and automated components, and demonstrate gains of 2–3x on precision over traditional retrieval schemes using experiments on real corpora. We also present our results on determining suitable values for parameters in those configurations, along with a number of interesting insights learned along the way.

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