WinterMilestone 1 Philanthrope

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This is Milestone-1 submission of team Philanthrope. We are a team of two (@shyam.jvs @adityakumarakash), studying Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. This page contains an essence of our work done in week 1.

Experience as a Worker on Mechanical Turk

We have done 1.5$ worth tasks as a worker on the Sandbox version of Amazon Mechanical Turk. Being out of the US, we faced issues getting ourselves registered on the actual Mturk and hence the sandboxed version. It took us around 3 hours to earn this money. The overall experience while using Mturk was pleasant except for a few shortcomings that we could notice. We talk about the +ve and -ve points of Mturk briefly below.


  • A smoothly running platform and a scalable solution for crowd-sourcing at a large scale.
  • Simple and easy to understand interface for
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Experience the life of a Requester on Mechanical Turk

Reflect on your experience as a requester on Mechanical Turk. What did you like? What did you dislike? Also attach the CSV file generated when you download the HIT results. If you're from outside the USA and unable to access MTurk, you can try the MTurk requester sandbox, or CrowdFlower or Microworkers or Clickworker

Explore alternative crowd-labor markets

Compare and contrast the crowd-labor market you just explored (TaskRabbit/oDesk/GalaxyZoo) to Mechanical Turk.



Strengths of MobileWorks

  • Cheap way for human OCR
  • Simple interface which allows to get large user base without any training

Improvements / Suggestions

  • The platform could be simultaneously developed for smart phones eg. based on apps
  • Payments for tasks could be adjusted based on their difficulty
  • Choice between language and hand written characters and printed articles could be added
  • Data on how often subjects felt urge to use the system with time could help in increasing the excitement of the system


  • What do you like about the system / what are its strengths?
  • What do you think can be improved about the system?

Flash Teams

  • What do you like about the system / what are its strengths?
  • What do you think can be improved about the system?

Milestone Contributors

Slack usernames of all who helped create this wiki page submission: @kessyena, @reneelin, @mahsa, @marim_g