[Chicago-talk] Mechanical Turk

Joel Berger joel.a.berger at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 12:26:13 PDT 2011

Have you tried OCRing programmatically?

How have the results been? It seems that if you could eliminate the
easy ones and perhaps only shift the problematic ones to mTurk that
would be cheaper.


On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM, Michael Potter <michael at potter.name> wrote:
> Perl Crew,
> I have been called upon to try to do "OCR" on handwriting.
> In particular, I need to convert a hand written name to ascii.  I could
> provide a small .tif with just the name in it.
> It came to mind that this might be a good use of mechanical turk.
> I am sending this to the perl list because I seem to recall some of the
> Mongers have worked with mechanical turk.
> Here are my specific questions:
> 1) how long is typical turn around for a response?
> 2) Is this a reasonable task for Mechanical Turk.
> I looked at the amazon website for HITs similar to what I am trying to do.
>  I did not find any, but I question my ability to search completely.  The
> closest I found was business card transcription.
> You comments welcome.
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