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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012

Applying Human Computation Mechanisms to Information Retrieval
Christopher Harris and Padmini Srinivasan

Tuesday, 8:30am


Crowdsourcing and games with a purpose (GWAP) have each received considerable attention in recent years. These two human computation mechanisms assist with tasks that cannot be solved by computers alone. Despite this increased attention, much of this transformation has been limited to a few aspects of Information Retrieval (IR). In this paper, we examine these two mechanisms' applicability to IR. We introduce a core IR model broken down into several steps then define and apply criteria for the suitability of these crowdsourcing and game mechanisms to each step. Our analysis shows a number of steps for which these mechanisms may be used with good returns.