A Review of Judgment Analysis Algorithms for Crowdsourced Opinions

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Research Article

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IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering


The crowd-powered systems have been shown to be highly successful in the current decade to manage collective contribution of online workers for solving different complex tasks. It can also be used for soliciting opinions from a large set of people working in a distributed manner. Unfortunately, the online community of crowd workers might involve non-experts as opinion providers. As a result, such approaches may give rise to noise making it hard to predict the appropriate (gold) judgment. Judgment analysis is in general a way of learning about human decision from multiple opinions. A spectrum of algorithms has been proposed in the last few decades to address this problem. They are broadly made up of supervised or unsupervised types. However, they have been readdressed in recent years having focus on different strategies for obtaining the gold judgment from crowdsourced opinions, viz., estimating the accuracy of opinions, difficulties of the problem, spammer identification, handling noise, etc. Besides this, investigation of various types of crowdsourced opinions to solve complex real-life problems provide new insights in this domain. In this survey, we provide a comprehensive overview of the judgment analysis problem and some of its novel variants, addressed with different approaches, where the opinions are crowdsourced.

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