Assuring privacy and reliability in crowdsourcing with coding

Lav R. Varshney, Aditya Vempaty, Pramod K. Varshney

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Crowd workers are often unreliable and anonymous. Hence there is a need to ensure reliable work delivery while preserving some level of privacy to the requester's data. For this purpose, we use a combination of random perturbation to mask the sensitive data and error-correcting codes for quality assurance. We also consider the possibility of collusion attacks by malicious crowd workers. We develop mathematical models to study the precise tradeoffs between task performance quality, level of privacy against collusion attacks, and cost of invoking a large crowd. Such a study provides design strategies and principles for crowd work. The use of classification codes may improve efficiency considerably. We also comment on the applicability of these techniques for scalable assessment in education via peer grading, e.g. for massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop, ITA 2014 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2014Feb 14 2014


Other2014 IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop, ITA 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems


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