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Human Annotated Data: Benefits & Recommendations in 2024

Human Annotated Data: Benefits & Recommendations in 2024Human Annotated Data: Benefits & Recommendations in 2024

The global AI revolution continues as the market increases (Figure 1). However, building and implementing AI-powered solutions in your business is not easy since it involves time-consuming but important tasks, such as data collection and annotation.

Due to the tedious and error-prone nature1 of data annotation, many annotators use automated data annotation tools to make this process faster. Despite the benefits, automation can have challenges which is why robust machine learning models necessitate a human-in-the-loop approach and human-annotated data.

In this article, we explore human-annotated data, its benefits, and recommendations for using human-annotated data in your AI/Ml projects.

Figure 1. Global AI software market growth projections2

The global market for AI software is projected to cross 100 billion by 2025. Reinstating the need for human annotated data for AI training.

What is human-annotated data?

Manually annotating data with human annotators is one of the most common and effective ways of annotating data. It is a human-driven process in which annotators manually label, tag, and classify data using data annotation tools to make it machine-readable. After the data annotation process, the data is then used by AI/ML models as training data to develop insights and perform different automated tasks with human-like intelligence.

Data annotations done by humans can be applied to every type of data, such as videos, images, audio, and text. Human annotators can perform various human-annotated data tasks, such as object detection, semantic segmentation, or recognizing the text in an image.

Clickworker offers scalable data annotation services through a crowdsourcing platform. Its global network of over 4.5 million workers offers data services to 4 out of 5 tech giants in the U.S. Their annotation services include all data types:

What are the benefits of human-annotated data?

There are various benefits of human-annotated data. This section highlights a few:

1. Cost-effective

Human annotation is considered to be one of the most cost-effective methods of data annotation. This is mainly because human annotators are more efficient and accurate than automated tools, resulting in fewer mistakes and lower costs. However, this is only the case when the dataset is of a small or medium size. Manually annotating data for large datasets can make the job repetitive and error-prone for human annotators. 

2. More accurate

Human annotators are trained professionals who can spot tiny details in large images or videos with high accuracy rates. This ensures that the annotated data is reliable for AI/ML project development.

3. Better quality control

Annotators provide feedback on the annotated data, which helps to ensure quality control over the dataset used in AI models and helps avoid false positives or negatives. 

Additionally, human annotators also perform data annotation quality checks for automated labeling tools. For instance, if an automated data labeling tool makes a mistake or an incorrect label, it will continue to make that mistake until a human annotator stops it.

4. More flexible and scalable

Human annotators can easily adapt to new tasks and use their expertise to complete complex tasks quickly and efficiently. This makes human-annotated data even more valuable for AI/ML projects, as it can be used for a variety of applications.

5. Enables human-in-the-loop

Even the most advanced automated labeling tools can not work autonomously and require a human-in-the-loop. Even during the development process of auto-labeling models, human-annotated data is needed.

Recommendations on using human-annotated data for your AI/ML projects

1. Choose the right annotator

Select experienced human annotators with the right skills and qualifications for your AI project. Some industry-specific annotation jobs, such as medical data annotation, require specific labeling skills, so make sure to choose the right people for the job.

2. Use automation or out/crowdsourcing when necessary

Human annotation can become erroneous if the dataset is large and there is a limited number of annotators. In such cases, you can incorporate AI into the process. Automated labeling tools can help speed up the annotation process. However, human annotators should always be involved to ensure accuracy and quality control. 

You can also use outsourcing or crowdsourcing for large-scale datasets since, with these methods, the data quality is not compromised.

3. Keep up with industry standards

Make sure to stay up-to-date on the latest industry standards and best practices when manually annotating data. Click here to learn more about data annotation best practices.

4. Set clear guidelines

It is also important to create a set of clear guidelines for human annotators to follow during the data labeling process. This will help ensure accuracy and consistency in the final product. It is also important to define the annotation criteria clearly before starting manual data annotation tasks. This includes defining 

  • What kind of labels/tags should be used 
  • How should they be applied
  • Other relevant details to ensure human annotators accurately complete the task.

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Shehmir Javaid
Shehmir Javaid is an industry analyst in AIMultiple. He has a background in logistics and supply chain technology research. He completed his MSc in logistics and operations management and Bachelor's in international business administration From Cardiff University UK.

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