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Re: Amazon Mechanical Turk - Possible work for Andrius and friends

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Hi Ricardo, Thank you very much for thinking of us! I appreciate your help as I look for work. I share with some other groups. Andrius, ms@ms.lt
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 21, 2010
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      Hi Ricardo, Thank you very much for thinking of us! I appreciate your
      help as I look for work. I share with some other groups. Andrius, ms@...

      ricardoolpc wrote:
      > Hi Andrius
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      > On the subject of paid employment again, a long time ago, I mentioned the Amazon Mechanical Turk website, where people can employ large numbers of online workers to do simple, fairly repetative tasks that only humans can do, not computers. For example, identifying objects in pictures, image-tagging, music-tagging, eliminating duplicate entries from databases, such as...
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      > Jon Smith, 23 Main St, Newtown
      > Jonathan Smith, 23 Main Street, Newtown
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      > This FAQ page says how it works.
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      > https://www.mturk.com/mturk/help?helpPage=overview
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      > >From the Wikipedia article about 'Amazon Mechanical Turk', I've found out a bit more information than before, about who can sign-up as a worker (any country, not just U.S. residents) and how they are treated for tax-purposes (file it as self-employment income).
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      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Mechanical_Turk
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      > The employers need to be US-based, but the workers can be anywhere.
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      > If you use the 'search' facility on this page, and try words like Photo, Database, Image, music, etc, you can see what range of jobs are available. Normally, it just shows Time Alloted (max), Reward and Number of Tasks(called HITS, Human Intelligence Tasks). If you click 'All details', it shows the description of the job as well.
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      > https://www.mturk.com/mturk/help?helpPage=overview
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      > Some tasks are really low-paid, but shouldn't take long. Like $0.01 per image to add tags to images.
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      > "Given a set of images, provide some relevant and non-obvious tags."
      > Reward $0.01
      > HITS available 849 (number of human tasks)
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      > But some tasks are higher paid, such as 23 HITS (tasks) at $0.40. You just need to think in terms of how-much-per-hour, of course.
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      > I was thinking, maybe you can sign-up and get tasks, but you and group of friends in Lithuania or elsewhere can actually do them.
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      > Also, you might consider, are there any tasks, such as databases, that you could speed-up and semi-automate with scripts/programs, like the 'eliminate duplicate databases entries' task? Your script/program quickly finds the possible duplicates by fuzzy-matching, then asks you for a final yes/no check.
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      > Even if this sort of work doesn't suit you, it might be worth browsing or searching the tasks to see if it gives you any ideas for other kinds of work.
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      > Ricardo
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