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A method of outsourcing work over the internet or similar network by appealing to people to contribute to the project independently or as a collaboration.

crowd′source′ v.
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In recent years, web services such as Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) have greatly facilitated the recruitment of participants for online research (for an overview, see Mason and Suri 2012).
The studies were programmed on Qualtrics survey software and recruited participants from the Mechanical Turk platform, for a compensation of 25 cents.
Participants were recruited via Mechanical Turk (for a discussion, see Mason & Suri, 2012), which is an online community connecting individual workers with employers for short-term, compensated work and has been used in similar research on calling (e.
In the ECM Solution of the Year category, eFLOW CrowdBridge was recognized for its data validation capabilities via crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk which enable eFLOW customers to flexibly and dynamically employ data entry resources in correspondence with the actual volume of work.
In addition to assessing the environmental exposures, the research team used social media and Amazon Mechanical Turk to conduct two independent surveys.
In the second phase, 263 people volunteered through Amazon's Mechanical Turk programme.
So the robot went to folks at Amazon Mechanical Turk and ended up with 100 models of, say, a tree, from which it searched for the best based on the crowd's ratings, ease of construction, and similarity to the original.
To find out, the researchers started by asking workers on Mechanical Turk, Amazon's crowdsourcing marketplace, what they might want a hypothetical smart home to do.
Using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, crowdsourced workers (microworkers) completed groups of tasks to evaluate the question, "Do nutrition-obesity studies with conclusions concordant with popular opinion receive more attention in the scientific community than those that are discordant?
For really small jobs, check out TaskRabbit and Amazon's Mechanical Turk, where freelancers will bid to work for you.

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