Trust-Aware Crowdsourcing with Domain Knowledge
Baras, John, S.
Date: December 15 - December 18, 2015
The rise of social network and crowdsourcing platforms makes it convenient to take advantage of the collective intelligence to estimate true labels of questions of interest. However, input from workers is often noisy and even malicious. Trust is used to model workers in order to better estimate true labels of questions. We observe that questions are often not independent in real life applications. Instead, there are logical relations between them. Similarly, workers that provide answers are not independent of each other either. Answers given by workers with similar attributes tend to be correlated. Therefore, we propose a novel unified graphical model consisting of two layers. The top layer encodes domain knowledge which allows users to express logical relations using first-order logic rules and the bottom layer encodes a traditional crowdsourcing graphical model. Our model can be seen as a generalized probabilistic soft logic framework that encodes both logical relations and probabilistic dependencies. To solve the collective inference problem efficiently, we have devised a scalable joint inference algorithm based on the alternating direction method of multipliers. Finally, we demonstrate that our model is superior to state-of-the-art by testing it on multiple real-world datasets.