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I have developed an Internet application that I need people to run across the Internet to collect statistics to see how well the program works. So far, I have used LinkedIn to reach out to my friends from my university and I started an open group. I also have a Git page where the program can be downloaded.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Andrew-Stantons-WSU-Masters-Thesis-6518497?home=&gid=6518497&trk=groups_guest_most_popular-h-logo

https://github.com/acstanton515/ThesisLiveExperiment

I don't think the participation is going to be what I would like, so I need a way to find more users willing to run the program.

Any ideas on how to reach others in academia or elsewhere on a broader level?

  • Well played - you managed to ask a relevant question and plug some shameless self-advertising at the same time. :) – Federico Poloni Oct 13 '13 at 15:02
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If you are ready to invest a small sum, Amazon Mechanical Turk https://www.mturk.com/mturk/ might be a good place to look.

  • Wow this looks cool. I will check it out. – Andrew Stanton Oct 13 '13 at 4:05
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First: If you intend to do research, you have to pay attention to how you pick the participants. If you just take everyone willing to participate, there could be age/gender/etc bias in your results.

Answer to actual question: Standard way to do this is to pay your participants (though not necessarily in cash). Try movie tickets etc.

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