Project: Analyze Box Office Data with Seaborn and Python

In this project, we will be working with the TMDB Box Office Revenue Prediction data set. The motion picture industry is raking in more revenue than ever with its expansive growth the world over. Can we build models to accurately predict movie revenue? Could the results from these models be used to further increase revenue? We try to answer these questions by way of exploratory data analysis (EDA) in this project and the next.

The statistical data visualization libraries Seaborn and Plotly will be our workhorses to generate interactive, publication-quality graphs.

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Project: Analyze Box Office Data with Seaborn and Python

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We will cover the following tasks in 53 minutes:

Importing Data and Libraries

In this task, we are introduced to the project and learning outcomes. Once we are familiarized with the Rhyme interface, we begin working in Jupyter Notebook, a web-based interactive computational environment for creating notebook documents.

Next, we will import essential libraries such as NumPy, pandas, Seaborn, and matplotlib. Lastly, we will load our data sets into memory using pandas and look at the first few entries.

The TMDB data set contains 7400 movies and a variety of metadata. Movies are labeled with id. Data points include cast, crew, plot keywords, budget, posters, release dates, languages, production companies, and countries.

Visualizing the Target Distribution

This database was initially released so that teams could treat it like a regression problem and predict the worldwide box office revenue of 4400 movies provided in the test file.

However, we will use this feature rich database for data analysis and data visualization in this project. In the next project, we will use the same database for feature engineering and feature visualization.

To proceed to feature analysis, we first need to visualize the target. Using Seaborn’s distplot function, we will plot the distribution of movie revenues. To illustrate the skew, we will also plot the distribution of revenue on a logarithmic scale using np.log1p.

Comparing Film Revenue to Budget

Just as we did in Task 2, we will create two subplots. One for the distribution of the budget; the other to plot the log budget against log revenue. We perform the log transformation to make the distributions more manageable.

Do Official Homepages Impact Revenue?

In this task, we will use the data to demonstrate the effect of an official homepage on movie revenue. We will create a binary feature has_homepage to indicate the presence or absence of official movie homepages. We can use Seaborn’s catplot() function to plot the revenues for movies with and without homepages using our newly created features.

Distribution of Lanuages across Films

As Hollywood is known globally, we would expect the data to support our intuition that English movies generate the highest revenue. In this task, we will use box plots to test this hypothesis. We might be surprised that our intuitions about the world may not always align.

Common Words in Film Titles and Descriptions

It might be of interest of to identify trends across movie titles and descriptions and their effect on revenue. In this task, we will generate word cloud for movie titles and descriptions. Word Cloud is a data visualization technique used for representing text data in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance.

How do Film Descriptions Impact Revenue?

To identify which words have the highest impact on revenue, we tokenize and vectorize movie titles and descriptions, fit a linear regression model to it, and use ELI5 to display the high impact words.

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Snehan Kekre

About the Host (Snehan Kekre)

Snehan Kekre is a Machine Learning and Data Science Instructor at Coursera. He studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Minerva Schools at KGI, based in San Francisco. His interests include AI safety, EdTech, and instructional design. He recognizes that building a deep, technical understanding of machine learning and AI among students and engineers is necessary in order to grow the AI safety community. This passion drives him to design hands-on, project-based machine learning courses on Rhyme.

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