What Company Is Offering:
txteagle has unique concept to help high unemployment levels in many rural areas of countries like Kenya with a crowdsourcing approach that offers new ways to earn extra money. The service connects corporations with small tasks to be completed—currently, the most common ones include software localization and translation into local dialects for companies like Nokia—and native people who can complete them in minutes by cell phone. Tasks are sent to multiple phone users by text message and answers are accepted as accurate when the majority of users provide the same response.
How It Works:
txteagle is an active service in contrast to most crowdsourcing services, such as Mechanical Turk, services that are passive. They are building its system to actively select the most appropriate tasks for a txteagle user. By customizing the task difficulty for a given user, they have created a more efficient system to generate high-confidence task responses in the shortest amount of time. The more a user responds to tasks, the more the system learns about the user’s areas of expertise and improves the task assignments.
Improving Accuracy through Task Repetition.To ensure tasks have been completed correctly, they send out the same task repeatedly and verify that they are getting the same response across multiple, independent users. A simple way to assess the validity of a response is through majority voting.