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Mechanical Turk On Rails

by Lead Developer at Teamly.com on Jun 05, 2010

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The Mechanical Turk is the only solution available for specific kind of tasks where human assistance cannot be replaced by machines. Think about moderation of images, web sites or videos that should ...

The Mechanical Turk is the only solution available for specific kind of tasks where human assistance cannot be replaced by machines. Think about moderation of images, web sites or videos that should go public inside your app for example. If you can’t hire people specifically for the task, you can give the Mechanical Turk a try. Interfacing with the Turk isn’t simple though: it’s a highly asynchronous interaction where you need to persist state, then checking for tasks in the queue and acting accordingly. The low level Ruby APIs from Amazon can be used to integrate the service into a Rails application but then you need specific classes to deal with it. This presentation illustrates patterns for creating tasks, observing Turk tasks, parsing results and send events back to the application.

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  • JimJones2 Jim Jones, Software Engineer at Zvents You can take a look at my gem Turkee (http://github.com/aantix/turkee). Built on top of RTurk, should help streamline the creation of external forms and importing the worker entered data back into your models. 3 years ago
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