Reputation as a Sufficient Condition for Data Quality on Amazon Mechanical Turk
Behavior Research Methods, 2013
11 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2013 Last revised: 15 May 2014
Date Written: December 5, 2013
Data quality is one of the major concerns of using crowdsourcing web sites such as Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) to recruit participants for online behavioral studies. We compared two methods for ensuring data quality on MTurk: attention check questions (ACQs) and restricting participation to MTurk workers with high reputation (above 95% approval ratings). In Experiment 1, we found that high reputation workers rarely failed ACQs and provided higher quality data than low reputation workers; ACQs improved data quality only for low reputation workers, and only in some of the cases. Experiment 2 corroborated these findings and also suggested that more productive high reputation workers produce the highest quality data. We conclude that sampling high reputation workers can ensure high quality data without having to resort to using ACQs ,which may lead to selection bias if participants who fail ACQs are excluded post-hoc.
Keywords: Online research; Amazon Mechanical Turk; Data quality; Reputation
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