Analyzing the Amazon Mechanical Turk Marketplace

13 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2010 Last revised: 10 Aug 2014

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Panagiotis G. Ipeirotis

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Date Written: September 1, 2010


Since the concept of crowd sourcing is relatively new, many potential participants have questions about the AMT marketplace. For example, a common set of questions that pop up in an 'introduction to crowd sourcing and AMT' session are the following: What type of tasks can be completed in the marketplace? How much does it cost? How fast can I get results back? How big is the AMT marketplace? The answers for these questions remain largely anecdotal and based on personal observations and experiences. To understand better what types of tasks are being completed today using crowd sourcing techniques, we started collecting data about the AMT marketplace. We present a preliminary analysis of the dataset and provide directions for interesting future research.

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Ipeirotis, Panagiotis G., Analyzing the Amazon Mechanical Turk Marketplace (September 1, 2010). XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

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