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A Snapshot of MTurk Workers as part of the Gig Economy

Posted by TurkPrime on Mar 15, 2019 2:36:02 PM

By now, most people have heard of the gig economy and have some idea of how it works. In the gig economy, people perform short-term jobs or tasks to earn money. Gig economy jobs are considered independent or contract work, meaning people who work in the gig economy often trade the benefits and stability of traditional jobs for the freedom and flexibility to decide when and how much they work. Some of the most easily identifiable gig economy platforms are Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, turkprime, market research, MTurk insights, mturk workers

How do most MTurk Workers work?

Posted by TurkPrime on Mar 1, 2019 10:22:47 AM

A persistent cause of concern for researchers who conduct studies online is understanding what participants might be doing while completing their study. When participants are outside the lab, they cannot be observed and distracting aspects of the environment cannot be controlled by the research team. As a result, researchers are left to wonder: how much attention are participants giving my survey?

In this blog, we report on one small aspect of this issue by describing the work style adopted by workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, turkprime, mturk toolkit, market research, MTurk insights

How to Easily Run a Pilot Study on TurkPrime

Posted by TurkPrime on Feb 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Last month, we published a blog titled, “Five Things you Should Not be Doing in Online Data Collection.” Among the things we identified that you should not be doing was launching your study without piloting it first. As a way to reiterate how important we think this issue is, we describe in this blog how to easily conduct a pilot study using TurkPrime.

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Topics: turkprime, mturk toolkit, TurkPrime Features, research best practices, market research, research solutions

Transfer Funds from one TurkPrime User to Another

Posted by TurkPrime on Feb 14, 2019 11:10:40 AM

Academic research is a collaborative endeavor. Faculty members work with post-docs, grad students, and undergrads. Sometimes one lab collaborates with another. During the course of such work, resources sometimes need to be shared or redistributed. At TurkPrime, we have sought to make part of this sharing easier by allowing researchers to transfer funds from one user’s lab balance to another. In this blog, we demonstrate how to use this feature.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, online research, mturk toolkit, TurkPrime Features, transfer funds

Spread Your Data Collection over Days or Weeks with MicroBatch

Posted by TurkPrime on Feb 7, 2019 4:58:56 PM

One reason Amazon Mechanical Turk has become so popular among researchers is the speed with which data can be collected. Compared to more traditional research methods—lab-based experiments, field studies, ethnographic interviews, etc—MTurk is exceptionally fast, making it possible to collect data for an entire study within a day or sometimes just a few hours. Although MTurk’s speed is nice, there are times when collecting data all at once can actually be a problem. In this blog, we explain how to spread your data collection out across time and why you might want to do so.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, mturk toolkit, TurkPrime Features, MTurk solutions, MircoBatch, best practices for online research

Tips for Navigating the TurkPrime Dashboard

Posted by TurkPrime on Jan 31, 2019 3:15:00 PM

In this blog, we highlight some subtle and not so subtle aspects of the TurkPrime Dashboard you can use to make navigation and completing study-related tasks easier. 

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Topics: turkprime, mturk toolkit, TurkPrime Features, academic research, market research

Five Things you Should NOT be Doing in Online Data Collection

Posted by TurkPrime on Jan 24, 2019 3:26:48 PM

Three weeks ago, we published a blog explaining five things you should be doing in your online data collection. In this blog, we follow up with five things you should NOT be doing when collecting data on MTurk.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, mturk toolkit, research best practices

Revisiting TurkPrime’s Survey Group Feature

Posted by TurkPrime on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:17 AM

What is a Survey Group?

Survey Groups are one of the most powerful and dynamic tools on TurkPrime for controlling which workers are eligible and ineligible for your study. A Survey Group is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of surveys or studies you have grouped together. Survey Groups are useful when you want to ensure your studies have unique workers. This may be a set of studies investigating the same topic or multiple studies being run in your lab at the same time for which you want no overlap in participants.

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Topics: turkprime, mturk toolkit, TurkPrime Features

Announcing the TurkPrime Suggestion Box

Posted by TurkPrime on Jan 10, 2019 9:45:00 AM

A new year represents the opportunity to consider priorities, set goals, chart new courses of action, and decide how to move forward in the coming months. At TurkPrime, we’re moving into 2019 looking for ways to expand the tools and services we offer to researchers. In addition to several initiatives we’re already working on, we want to hear from you about the tools and features that can make your research easier. To this end, we’re announcing the launch of an online Suggestion Box.

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Topics: turkprime, mturk toolkit, new features

Five Things you Should be Doing in Online Data Collection

Posted by TurkPrime on Jan 3, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Researchers are responsible for being an expert, or at least knowledgeable, in several areas. There’s the topic of your research, the methods common within your discipline, best practices for open science, and the mediums used to communicate about your work—just to name a few. For many researchers, online data collection has been revolutionary, helping collect data faster and more affordably than ever before. Yet, with the emergence of online research there is now one more domain to be an expert in. Given the steep learning curve for really learning how to best run online studies, we put together this blog to highlight five practices that if you’re not already doing in your online research, you should be. These practices primarily apply to online research on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk when using TurkPrime’s MTurk Toolkit, but some practices can be applied to other platforms as well.

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Topics: amazon mechanical turk, mturk toolkit, research best practices

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