Last week’s post showed how a relatively few number of volunteers do a huge number of classifications. By today, the top 0.3% of citizen scientists (the top ten) have done 31,528 classifications between them, which is a staggering 19% of all classifications. To my surprise, BashTheBug is exactly following the Pareto Principle which says that roughly 80% of events come from 20% of the causes. For BashTheBug after five weeks the top 20% of users (727) have done 82% of all classifications.
Nearly a month after the public launch, the Zooniverse citizen scientists have done a staggering 152,816 classifications. That brings us to 24% through this initial dataset and 47% of the way towards completing an important subset of the data that will let us start some initial analysis. Despite, the number of classifications and new volunteers falling week-on-week, the volunteers still did 20,000 classifications last week and 300 people tried BashTheBug for the first time. And the Zooniverse haven’t emailed their users yet.
Another amazing week. Together the Zooniverse citizen scientists did 28,721 classifications this week, bringing the grand total to 108,833. This is 19% of the way towards classifying all the subjects currently loaded (and in reality we are a bit over a third – 36% – of the way towards being able to do some very interesting analysis). Last week 444 people tried BashTheBug for the first time, bringing the total number of volunteers to 1,578 since launch, and including the beta-testers, 2,557. Again, there are two volunteers who have done an astonishing number of classifications: 2,360 and 2,339. Thank you everyone for all your work and please keep it up!
A group of us from Modernising Medical Microbiology headed off to the Science Museum in London this afternoon to talk about antibiotic resistance with, well, anyone at one of their Lates events. This one was called “The Next Big Thing” and was co-sponsored by the Royal Society. Our stand, which was called “Resistance is Futile!”, was a mixture of games (try copying a DNA sequence … using a dance mat) and information (we have a couple of Oxford Nanopore MinION 3rd generation DNA sequencers in our pockets).
Thanks to all the Zooniverse.org beta testers who have tried out our BashTheBug project these last six days. In that short period of time 629 volunteers made a staggering total of 30,262 classifications. We’ve also got feedback on how easy or hard the task was from 164 volunteers.
We are currently making some change to the task, including the help text and the tutorial and hope to launch in April 2017.
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The beautiful background photographs of the bacteria growing in petri dishes are the result of an art project, Gut Flora, that is a collaboration between Nicola Fawcett, MMM, and Chris Wood, Oxford Medical Illustration (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International – CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). The BashTheBug typeface and logo were designed by David Hawkins.