Blending Machine and Human Learning Processes

Publication Type:

Conference Proceedings


Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (2017)



Citizen science projects rely on contributions from volunteers to achieve their scientific goals and so face a dilemma: providing volunteers with explicit training might increase the quality of contributions, but at the cost of losing the work done by newcomers during the training period, which for many is the only work they will contribute to the project. Based on research in cognitive science on how humans learn to classify images, we have designed an approach to use machine learning to guide the presentation of tasks to newcomers that help them more quickly learn how to do the image classification task while still contributing to the work of the project. A Bayesian model for tracking this learning is presented.

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