BashTheBug on the Zooniverse News

A quick progress update

In the six weeks since I last wrote a post with a statistics update, the Citizen Scientists have done 60,628 classifications bringing us up to 354,189. That means the project is still classifying around 10,000 images a week which is amazing given BashTheBug was launched back in April. If you recall, the images of the 96-well plates are taken after 7, 10, 14 and 21 days. Days 14 and 21 are complete for all drugs, and days 7 and 10 are complete for some of the antibiotics. The classifications are steadily mounting for the remaining 7 well antibiotics and by my reckoning we are about halfway to completing these too. Don’t worry; once this dataset is complete, I’ll upload another….

Every week, between 50 and 100 people signup and try the project, even five months after launch. In total, 6,301 people from across the world have contributed to the success of the project.

And, a small number of dedicated volunteers are still punching way above their weight. For example, the top ten users have done 73,058 classifications between them, which is 21% of all classifications, despite being only 0.16% of all users. We are now straying away from strict Pareto and 15% of users have done 80% of all classifications. This is shown below with the proportion of users on the x-axis plotted using a logarithmic scale (the y-axis is the cumulative proportion of classifications done).


By Philip Fowler

Philip W Fowler is a computational biophysicist studying antimicrobial resistance working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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