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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

Including and Excluding Participants from Studies Run through TurkPrime: What, When, and How

Posted by TurkPrime on Dec 27, 2018 9:45:00 AM

In this blog, we explain everything you could ever want to know about including and excluding participants from studies while using TurkPrime. In last week’s blog on longitudinal studies, we described our Include Workers feature, but this blog digs into the nitty-gritty and explains what our features are, when you might want to use them, and how they work.

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Topics: include workers, exclude workers, mturk toolkit, prime panels, TurkPrime Features

Running Dyadic Studies on Mechanical Turk using TurkPrime

Posted by TurkPrime on Nov 8, 2018 10:01:50 AM

Studying pairs of people (e.g., married couples, friends, coworkers, etc) is becoming increasingly commonplace in the social and behavioral sciences. Online participant populations, such as Mechanical Turk and other online panels, can potentially serve as a rich source of dyadic participants. However, conducting dyadic research online also faces multiple challenges that need to be overcome in order to obtain high quality results. This blog post will outline some of the challenges of running dyadic studies online, as well as the ways our MTurk Toolkit can best be used to run a dyadic study, with recommendations for best practices based on our experience. Using the methods outlined in this blog, researchers have been able to successfully run numerous dyadic studies using the MTurk Toolkit.

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Topics: dyadic studies, mturk toolkit, romantic couples studies, mechanical turk

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