Joint modelling of task requirements and worker preferences based on heterogeneous features and multiple interactions for knowledge-intensive crowdsourcing recommendation

Biyu Yang, Xu Wang*, Shuai Zhang, Min Gao, Jiejie Tian, Guangzhu Tan, Linda Yang, Jiafu Su

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Automatic worker recommendation has become a key technology in knowledge-intensive crowdsourcing (KIC). However, KIC recommendation encounters the task cold-start problem in nature as only newly posted tasks need to be matched with workers. Current studies fail to accurately model both tasks and workers in the task cold-start scenario, and ignore the problem of task clarity in task requirements understanding and treat task features linearly in worker preferences estimation. Therefore, this paper proposed a heterogeneous features and multiple interactions-based deep neural framework (called HFMIRec) to assist new task completion more smartly in KIC. Specifically, different types of task features can be flexibly incorporated to tackle the cold-start problem. To accurately model both tasks and workers, multiple interactions between tasks and workers are identified and learned by attentive neural networks in the framework. Extensive experiments on a real-world dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023


  • crowdsourcing
  • recommender system
  • supply-demand matching
  • task cold-start
  • worker recommendation

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