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Social Sensing by Lance Kaplan, Tarek Abdelzaher, Dong Wang

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Chapter 1

A new information age

Abstract

Social sensing broadly refers to a set of sensing and data collection paradigms where data are collected from humans or devices on their behalf. In this chapter, we first give an overview of social sensing as an emerging research field and identify the data reliability problem as a fundamental research challenge in this field. This challenge, if successfully addressed, engenders a paradigm shift in social sensing by allowing development of dependable applications with guaranteed correctness properties that rely on the collective observations of untrained, average, and largely unreliable sources. Followed by the overview, we go over the motivations of social sensing applications and discuss several ...

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