What is Amazon Mechanical Turk ? :- Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace enabling individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to coordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do. It is one of the sites of Amazon Web Services.
- 1 What are Amazon MTurk Scripts?
- 1.1 Install your extension For Firefox and Google Chrome These are the Extension GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey?
- 1.2 How to Install Your Amazon MTurk Scripts For Google Chrome and Firefox
- 1.3 Are the MTurk scripts safe?
What are Amazon MTurk Scripts?
- If you have ever worked on HITs on Amazon’s MTurk, then it’s likely you’ve experienced the same little inconveniences that many others have.
- All those extra clicks required on some pages can sluggish issue lower raising squander treatment important time.
- MTurk Scripts of software could cut secs (even minutes) away treatment in-between time, ultimately enhancing treatment by the hour wage.
- Scripts are each designed by individual people as a solution to a problem–a problem that you’ve probably experienced yourself within MTurk.
- And they have even made a plugin to install and operate these scripts (for non-techies like us) so we don’t have to learn how to write code!
Install your extension For Firefox and Google Chrome These are the Extension GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey?
For Google Chrome, Install: TamperMonkey.
Tampermonkey is the most popular userscript manager for Google Chrome. Userscripts are little computer programs that for example add a download button to the YouTube page, cleanup your Facebook timeline or help playing an online game.
For Firefox, Install: GreaseMonkey.
How to Install Your Amazon MTurk Scripts For Google Chrome and Firefox
Once you find your script and click install, it is automatically added to your GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey Extension. You don’t have to do anything.Be sure to be working in the browser where you want the script uploaded. You can install the scripts to both Firefox and Chrome, but you’ll need to do it twice. once while you’re in Firefox, and again while you’re in Chrome.Once they’re installed, you won’t notice it anywhere until you are actually on the MTurk website. Then they will show up on your MTurk pages and automatically start doing their job. You can search for MTurk scripts or Turking scripts at GreasyFork, but here are some of the best ones that should fix you right up…
BROWSERS: I recommend using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Both of these browsers have support for scripts and Turkopticon. (See below.) AVOID INTERNET EXPLORER. IT IS UNRELIABLE AND NOT SECURE.
SCRIPTS: Scripts are great tools to help you get a general overview of your progress while turking, and choose the best, safest HITs. Here are some of the most used scripts on the forum, with the exception of Turkopticon, which has its own section below. Each script listed is available in the “Scripts” section of the forum. For a guide on how to install scripts for each browser, visit the following websites:
1) Firefox: http://userscripts.org/about/installing
2) Chrome: For Chrome users, Tampermonkey is reccommended. The company behind Tampermonkey has a detailed FAQ available that describes installation and use of the extension. This FAQ is available here.
MTurk Hit DB: This script allows you to keep track of HITs you have completed, as well as amounts heard in a downloadable database. HIT DB also offers functionality to block requesters, show projected earnings, show pending earnings, see the auto approval time of a HIT, and see a running total of your earnings with individual requesters. For a description of each feature, see the Obsolete Scripts section below.
Expanded Header Info: This script adds your current paid balance and worker ID to the Mechanical Turk header. This makes it more convenient to cut-and-paste your worker ID whenever a HIT asks for it.
Status Page Chart: This script color codes the Mechanical Turk status page and adds a useful chart that shows the relation between your HITs completed and pay to the bottom of the page. Use this to study your Turking trends and get an idea of your overall performance.
Time Tracker: This script measures the relation between time spent working on HITs and money earned. Use it to see how many dollars per hour you are making. Use it in conjunction with the Status Page Chart script to add a $/hr line to the chart on the status page. Note that you must MANUALLY start and stop the timer every time you start and finish working. Failure to do so will lead to wildly inaccurate results.
Worst Case Scenario Calculator: This script gives you some peace of mind by adding some new statistics to the Mechanical Turk dashboard. It tells you three things: what your approval rate would be if all currently pending HITs were to be rejected, how many rejections you can take until your approval rating reaches 99%, and how many rejections you can take until your approval rating reaches 95%.
MTurk Great HIT Export: This script adds a small button next to the name of a HIT, and when you click that button, a box appears with information ready to copy and paste into the daily HITs thread.
TURKOPTICON: Available at http://www.turkopticon.differenceengines.com, this script for Firefox and Chrome allows you to see ratings of a requester and determine whether or nor you will want to work for them. This is useful to avoid unwarranted rejections.
TURKALERT: The best HITs come and go very fast, and more often than not, you will have no idea that you missed them. With TurkAlert, you can get email notifications every time your favorite requesters post new HITs. Sign up at http://www.TurkAlert.com
NOTE: Page Monitor works as a far better alternative, providing faster and more reliable alerts. For more information about Page Monitor, please see the Page Monitor guide here.
Individual Scripts Made Obsolete by HIT DB – These functionality of these HITs has been implemented into mTurk HIT DB, and as a result, the scripts are no longer needed separately, but can be used if you prefer everything to operate independently.
Projected Earnings: This script counts up your HITs for the day, both pending and approved, to give you an earnings estimate for the day so far. It does not account for possible rejections or bonuses and assumes that all HITs you do will get approved.
Pending Earnings: This script adds up all of the HITs you have done that are pending approval over the last 30 days. It does not account for bonuses or possible rejections.
Note: This script only updates when you click on it within your dashboard.
Block Requesters: This script adds a small [x] next to each requesters name so you can block them from your search results. This is useful when searching for HITs so the same HIT does not appear for page after page, or if there is a certain requester that posts many HITs you do not do.
Auto-Approval Time: This script adds a section to the HIT preview that tells you how long a HIT will take to approve if the requester does not do it themselves. This is useful for batch HITs from an unknown requester to see if they are safe to do.
Once you’ve installed all the scripts you want, you can see them in your GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey plugin in the top right corner. When you click on the icon, it will appear that no scripts are running, unless you are in the MTurk site. Then only certain scripts will be running on any given MTurk page, depending on what each is designed for.
Are the MTurk scripts safe?
All of the scripts on this post are perfectly safe. They have been tested by many users over, and each one is running on my own computer right now. However, some scripts can be harmful. Scripts are designed and created by real people, and some people like to be malicious for various reasons. Each script is really just a bunch of code telling your computer how to manipulate a web page.
- Firefox and Chrome somewhat protect you by limiting the capabilities of the script.
- They do not have as much power as an actual extension or add-on does when it comes to your computer.
- But it is possible for a script to access any website, capture information you enter into web pages, and impersonate you.
- So, you should really do your research when you’re looking to add a new script. Check out the number of installs by other users and any reviews or ratings you can find.
- If people are still installing it on a daily basis, it can probably be trusted.