Sequential Multi-Class Labeling in Crowdsourcing [article]

Qiyu Kang, Wee Peng Tay
2018 arXiv   pre-print
We consider a crowdsourcing platform where workers' responses to questions posed by a crowdsourcer are used to determine the hidden state of a multi-class labeling problem. As workers may be unreliable, we propose to perform sequential questioning in which the questions posed to the workers are designed based on previous questions and answers. We propose a Partially-Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP) framework to determine the best questioning strategy, subject to the crowdsourcer's
more » ... et constraint. As this POMDP formulation is in general intractable, we develop a suboptimal approach based on a q-ary Ulam-Rényi game. We also propose a sampling heuristic, which can be used in tandem with standard POMDP solvers, using our Ulam-Rényi strategy. We demonstrate through simulations that our approaches outperform a non-sequential strategy based on error correction coding and which does not utilize workers' previous responses.
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