Results and PublicationsGut Instinct was evaluated with 400+ participants from 27 countries using a between subjects experiment
Research papers and talks
Docent: Transforming personal intuitions to scientific hypotheses through content learning and process training. Vineet Pandey, Justine Debelius, Embriette R. Hyde, Tomasz Kosciolek, Rob Knight, Scott Klemmer. ACM Learning at Scale 2018. Paper, Talk
Integrating citizen science with online learning to ask better questions.
Vineet Pandey, Scott Klemmer, Amnon Amir, Justine Debelius, Embriette R. Hyde, Tomasz Kosciolek, Rob Knight. Demo. HCOMP 2016. https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05763
Gut Instinct data use and FAQs
How does Gut Instinct use my data?
High-level summary: Gut Instinct uses your questions to uncover create potentially novel hypotheses, and your experimental data to test hypotheses.
Questions created by you: American Gut scientists will look at your questions to create novel hypotheses. These hypotheses can be tested using data from American Gut project or via community-designed experiments. If you provide your American Gut ID to Gut Instinct, your questions can be used to draw correlations between your lifestyle and your gut microbiome.
Options added by you or your response to other questions: Same as above
Email: Gut Instinct will send you notifications and newsletter to help you identify useful questions. Your email will not be shared with anyone and it will be securely stored on our cloud database.
Location: Gut Instinct will attempt to draw correlations among people's response to questions and their location, and their location and gut microbiome data (if you provide your American Gut id). Your location can also be used to customize notifications/reminders sent to you (e.g. based on your time zone).
American Gut ID : Your American Gut ID to draw correlations between your gut microbiome data and your questions/answers on above questions. Your American Gut id will not be shared with anyone beyond the project team and it will be securely stored on our cloud database
Is Gut Instinct another way to perform Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)?
No. Gut Instinct shares the same principle of hypothesis testing as RCTs and employs similar method overall (create hypothesis -> design an experiment to test the hypothesis -> randomly assign people to different conditions -> analyze data). However, the quality of data and the quality of final results IS NOT the same as RCTs. RCTs are designed and implemented by expert clinicians and scientists while experiments on Gut Instinct are designed by people who might have zero scientific training. Please note that the experiments on Gut Instinct are designed and run entirely by online citizens and experts are not involved in the process.
Can I use the results of Gut Instinct experiments to alter my lifestyle?
No. Before making any changes to your lifestyle (regardless of whether you suffer from any ailment/condition/disease or not), you should discuss with your clinician or health service provider. Gut Instinct DOES NOT support, encourage, or request lifestyle changes based on the results. Furthermore, you should not participate in any experiment if you know it can harm you (e.g. please do not participate in an experiment involving eating nuts if you are allergic to them) or if you’re not comfortable with the changes mentioned in the experimental steps.
You can leave the experiment at any moment, even after you’ve started participating, without providing any reasons at all.
Why should I participate in experiments on Gut Instinct?
Gut Instinct provides people with a tool to share their health related insights and test them by designing and running experiments. By participating in experiments on Gut Instinct, you:
- Can learn more about how different factors might affect your health outcomes (e.g. does drinking coffee reduce your quality of sleep)
- Can help others find answers to their questions by joining their experiments
- Learn more about the basic process used by scientists
Can I use the information on GutBoard to change my lifestyle or improve my health?
No. Discussions on GutBoard should not be taken as health advice. This includes feedback from scientific material - All questions, answers and conversations on GutBoard are intended to get you thinking about relations between your lifestyle and health outcomes. For any changes to your lifestyle, please consult your doctor/clinician.
Who owns the research outcomes of experiments created by me?
All the work on Gut Instinct will be released with Creative Commons license. Your questions, answers, experimental designs, experimental data, and all other activity are not owned by anyone but rather public information that can be accessed and used by anyone.
How do you stop people from posting malicious content (trolling)?
Any participant can flag a question and researchers can remove the question if it’s inappropriate. We do not implement aggressive filtering to allow people to share seemingly distant ideas for the microbiome. The same holds for experiments.
How do you make sure people create good questions or experiments?
Gut Instinct provides learning and training material about creating useful hypotheses/experiments.
How does Gut Instinct support experimentation?
High-level summary: Gut Instinct provides support for anyone to design, review, and run experiments with a community. More here: https://galileo-ucsd.org/galileo/home
Please shoot us an email with any questions or requests to delete your data at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will respond within 48 hours.