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March 9, 2009

Networked Human Computation and the Phrase Detective Game

Researchers at the University of Essex are using an online "game with a purpose" (GWAP) called Phrase Detective to enlist the help of the general public in creating annotated linguistic references. These references are needed in the design of computer programs which recognize human text. Language recognition programs, which include search, translation and summarization applications, work from a large database of language examples where the meaning of individual phrases has been explained. Creating this type of knowledge database is time-consuming and labor-intensive. Making use of networked human computation through the Phrase Detective game allows the University to tap into a free labor force.

In the first four weeks online, Phrase Detective players created more than 40,000 linguistic annotations. This is a promising beginning and will help answer the question of whether networked human computation help provide data to solve complex language comprehension tasks.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 9, 2009 3:47 PM
category: Artificial Invention

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