A model for citizen scientist contribution in an image tagging task

Jeffrey Laut, Francesco Cappa, Oded Nov, Maurizio Porfiri

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ACitizen science projects are becoming increasingly popular, yet they typically rely on only a small portion of users for the ma- jority of contribution. In this paper, we propose a model for cit- izen scientist contribution in an online image tagging task. The model describes participant contribution in response to the per- formance of a virtual peer, the behavior of which can be con- trolled by the experimenter. Experimental trials where the vir- tual peer behaves independent of the participant are used to cal- ibrate the model. The model's ability to predict participant per- formance is then verified in a closed-loop condition, where the behavior of the virtual peer is explicitly dependant on the perfor- mance of the participant. We foresee this model being a useful tool in the design of web-based citizen science projects, where the behavior of a virtual peer can be used to modulate the per- formance of contributors in an effort to increase overall levels of contribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Control Design Methods, Nonlinear and Optimal Control, Robotics, and Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Assistive Robotics; Battery and Oil and Gas Systems; Bioengineering Applications; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics and Healthcare; Control and Monitoring of Vibratory Systems; Diagnostics and Detection; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Fuel Cells/Energy Storage; Intelligent Transportation
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791850695
StatePublished - 2016
EventASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2016 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2016Oct 14 2016

Publication series

NameASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2016


OtherASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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