Expertise-Aware Truth Analysis and Task Allocation in Mobile Crowdsourcing

Xiaomei Zhang, Yibo Wu, Lifu Huang, Heng Ji, Guohong Cao

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In mobile crowdsourcing, the accuracy of the collected data is usually hard to ensure. Researchers have proposed techniques to identify truth from noisy data by inferring and utilizing the reliability of mobile users, and allocate tasks to users with higher reliability. However, they neglect the fact that a user may only have expertise on some problems (in some domains), but not others, and hence causing two problems: low estimation accuracy in truth analysis and ineffective task allocation. To address these problems, we propose Expertise-aware Truth Analysis and Task Allocation (mbox{ETA}2ETA2), which can effectively infer user expertise, and then estimate truth and allocate tasks based on the inferred expertise. mbox{ETA}2ETA2 relies on a novel semantic analysis method to identify the expertise, and an expertise-aware truth analysis method to find the truth. For expertise-aware task allocation in mbox{ETA}2ETA2, we formalize and solve two problems based on the optimization objectives: max-quality task allocation which maximizes the probability for tasks to be allocated to users with high expertise and min-cost task allocation which minimizes the cost of task allocation while ensuring high-quality data are collected. Experimental results based on two real-world datasets and one synthetic dataset demonstrate that mbox{ETA}2ETA2 significantly outperforms existing solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8911265
Pages (from-to)1001-1016
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Mobile crowdsourcing
  • task allocation
  • truth analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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