Validating Citizen Science for our Research: We’re in the Right Place

We recently got the chance to share with the Acoustical Society of America how our volunteers are doing and answering the question: can citizen science effectively help us in our research?

We took some of the subject frames that have almost been completed. The classifications that our volunteers provided were all averaged to synthesize the completed frame. These aggregated frames are later strung together to make the desired mapping of the vibrating steelpan. To test if these results were sufficient, they were compared to the same frame but completed by the research team. Here is what the side by side comparison looks like.

The ellipses here are the indicated antinode regions and in the center of these ellipses is the averaged number of frames. The left column is the aggregated frames using the classifications from the volunteers and the right column is the research team’s answer for the same frame. As you can see the location and size of these antinodes are almost identical, and the reported fringe count is satisfactory between the volunteers and research team.

These similarities suggest that the citizen science approach is an accurate way to analyze the data. So keep up this great work everybody and invite some friends because it is only a matter of time until we can make some interesting discoveries together.