Characterizing Time Spent in Video Object Tracking Annotation Tasks: A Study of Task Complexity in Vehicle Tracking
Keywords:Video Object Tracking, Time Tracking, Complex Data Annotation, Experimental Study
AbstractVideo object tracking annotation tasks are a form of complex data labeling that is inherently tedious and time-consuming. Prior studies of these tasks focus primarily on quality of the provided data, leaving much to be learned about how the data was generated and the factors that influenced how it was generated. In this paper, we take steps toward this goal by examining how human annotators spend their time in the context of a video object tracking annotation task. We situate our study in the context of a standard vehicle tracking task with bounding box annotation. Within this setting, we study the role of task complexity by controlling two dimensions of task design -- label constraint and label granularity -- in conjunction with worker experience. Using telemetry and survey data collected from 40 full-time data annotators at a large technology corporation, we find that each dimension of task complexity uniquely affects how annotators spend their time not only during the task, but also before it begins. Furthermore, we find significant misalignment in how time-use was observed and how time-use was self-reported. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings in the context of video object tracking and the need to better understand how productivity can be defined in data annotation.
How to Cite
Rechkemmer, A., Williams, A. C., Lease, M., & Li, L. E. (2023). Characterizing Time Spent in Video Object Tracking Annotation Tasks: A Study of Task Complexity in Vehicle Tracking. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, 11(1), 140-151. https://doi.org/10.1609/hcomp.v11i1.27555
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