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Literature review | Open Access

Literature review on collective intelligence: a crowd science perspective

Chao YuYueting Chai( )Yi Liu
National Engineering Laboratory for E-commerce Technologies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Collective intelligence has drawn many scientists’ attention in many centuries. This paper shows the collective intelligence study process in a perspective of crowd science.


After summarizing the time-order process of related researches, different points of views on collective intelligence’s measurement and their modeling methods were outlined.


The authors show the recent research focusing on collective intelligence optimization. The studies on application of collective intelligence and its future potential are also discussed.


This paper will help researchers in crowd science have a better picture of this highly related frontier interdiscipline.



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International Journal of Crowd Science
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Cite this article:
Yu C, Chai Y, Liu Y. Literature review on collective intelligence: a crowd science perspective. International Journal of Crowd Science, 2018, 2(1): 64-73.










Received: 13 August 2017
Revised: 25 August 2017
Accepted: 26 August 2017
Published: 11 April 2018
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