Reaching our Summer Goals: What will it take?

In our previous newsletter, we have discussed our goal of reaching 100,000 classifications by the end of this summer session, which has 7 more weeks to go!

OVERALL GOAL

Considering we have 26,167 classifications (as of writing this blog post), we have about 1/4 of our goal to reach so far. This means that we need 73,833 more classifications to go.

WEEKLY  GOAL

With 7 more weeks to go, we need about 10,548 classifications per week to reach our goal.
Within the first week, we received 199 classifications, on the second week we received 417 classifications. You can view this in Figure 1.

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Fig 1
“This publication uses data generated via the Zooniverse.org platform, development of which is funded by generous support, including a Global Impact Award from Google, and by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

ANALYZING THE DATA SO FAR

If we look at the week of August 21, 2018, the week we officially launched this project to Zooniverse, we received 4249 classifications. Since then, that had a general trend downwards until a sudden burst on November 27, 2018, where we received 3,098 classifications. The previous week was only a mere 457 classifications, so that’s a huge spike within the matter of one week.

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Fig 2
“This publication uses data generated via the Zooniverse.org platform, development of which is funded by generous support, including a Global Impact Award from Google, and by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

The amount of volunteers who have participated in this project is 1,674. If each of those volunteers will make a classification every day, then that is 11,718 classifications per week. That is more than the amount we have for our goal. We are hoping that all of our volunteers participate every day and we are continuing to update each and every one of you per week with a newsletter of our progress.

LOOKING AT OTHER PROJECTS

At first glance, our maximum per week is only 4,000 classifications, which is way below our weekly goal. However, looking at another project (Planetary Response Network and Rescue Global Caribbean Storms) that has successfully finished, we can see that it received more than 30,000 classifications in a week!

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Fig 3 (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/vrooje/planetary-response-network-and-rescue-global-caribbean-storms-2017)

The difference in that project is that it contains a humanitarian aspect that ours seems to miss. Their title page boldly states “Join the Relief effort to help victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.” We can only speculate that title makes the volunteer seem empowered and willing to spend their free time to help out a humanitarian cause. Looking at this project in another direction, the classification project is just about as complex, if not more, than ours which requires the volunteer to identify images and the possible objects within.

Another project by the name of “Gravity Spy“, which does not sound as humanitarian as the previous project. The volunteer is told to identify an image(s) (varying in the scale of the graph’s axis). Classifying this project has a much simpler project as the volunteer to told to look at an image(s) and to simply identify it with the images on the right-hand side as seen in Figure 4.

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Figure 4 (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/gravity-spy)
“This publication uses data generated via the Zooniverse.org platform, development of which is funded by generous support, including a Global Impact Award from Google, and by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

It has 2 fewer steps than our Steelpan Vibrations project has, making it quicker to get a classification. Its statistics contain classifications ranging from 9,603 to 26,894. within the past year as seen in Figure 5.

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Figure 5 (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/gravity-spy)
“This publication uses data generated via the Zooniverse.org platform, development of which is funded by generous support, including a Global Impact Award from Google, and by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

 

CONCLUSIONS

From these two projects we have looked at, we can say that the interest from volunteers giving us classifications comes from a mix of ease to classify and a humanitarian effort that may tug at a volunteer’s heartstrings. While the numbers say is it possible to gain 10,548 classifications per week from Zooniverse’s dedicated community, we might have a few obstacles going against our project with how it is structured and the nature of it’s some-what difficult classifications project.

For now, we can say that it is definitely possible to receive at least 3,000 classifications per week, which might extend our goal in achieving 100,000 classifications to 24 weeks. Again, the Steelpan Vibrations team is hoping to achieve that goal in 7 weeks if possible. We will continue this by spreading the word on our project and possibly by simplifying the process if possible.

As always, we value you as a volunteer for Steelpan Vibrations and we encourage you to get classifications and recruit others to give us classifications!

-Steelpan Vibrations Team

 

 

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