Exact Exponent in Optimal Rates for Crowdsourcing


Chao Gao, Yu Lu, Dengyong Zhou ;
Proceedings of The 33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 48:603-611, 2016.


Crowdsourcing has become a popular tool for labeling large datasets. This paper studies the optimal error rate for aggregating crowdsourced labels provided by a collection of amateur workers. Under the Dawid-Skene probabilistic model, we establish matching upper and lower bounds with an exact exponent mI(\pi), where m is the number of workers and I(\pi) is the average Chernoff information that characterizes the workers’ collective ability. Such an exact characterization of the error exponent allows us to state a precise sample size requirement m \ge \frac1I(\pi)\log\frac1ε in order to achieve an εmisclassification error. In addition, our results imply optimality of various forms of EM algorithms given accurate initializers of the model parameters.

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