Microsoft releases game to help improve Bing search results

Microsoft Research have released an online game to help fine-tune search results for Bing.

The game is named "Page Hunt" and the basic idea is to show the player a random web page, and get the player to come up with a query that would bring up this page in the top few results on a search engine. The idea is that human computation games that elicit data from players can be used to improve search.

Page Hunt was developed by Raman Chandrasekar and Chris Quirk of Microsoft Research in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Georgia Institute of Technology. According to Microsoft "before we released the game to the web, we conducted a pilot study within our company. During this experiment, 341 people played Page Hunt over a period of ten days, generating over 14,400 labels on 744 web pages in the system. On average every player contributed 42 labels, and every page has about 19 labels."

Page Hunt was unveiled at this week's SIGIR 2009 conference in Boston. If you're interested in helping improve Bing search results then checkout Page Hunt which is hosted at Microsoft's Live Labs site. Microsoft Live Labs also includes Seadragon and Photosynth.

Thanks to Neowin member Jags_FL for the news tip

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I love the idea, but it feels like work, so I pass.
I'm sure there will be enough people with too much free time willing to do it ;-)

Gotta love the acronym GIT.
This game seems backwards to me, because surely the process of thinking of a search query to find something that you are looking for is a bit different to thinking of terms to describe a page you are already on.

How come when I type "Application X download" Google basically always seems to give me the developer's home page as a first result, but with Bing I get about everything except the developer's home page?

I honestly, don't get it.

.Neo said,
How come when I type "Application X download" Google basically always seems to give me the developer's home page as a first result, but with Bing I get about everything except the developer's home page?

I honestly, don't get it. :/


Can you give some examples of applications where it doesn't work?

wow... this just showed me how bad Bing is at finding my queries. I was shown a University homepage and when I typed in the name, it wasn't even close to finding the page.

Also, it showed me the bottom frame of a web page and left out the top frame so I had no idea what the web site was for.

Worst. Game. Ever.

It doesn't always work - sometimes, the page that you search for appears in the top five results, but doesn't register as correct.