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Fandom stats and surveys and so on


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[sticky post]Welcome, and introductions!
destntoast wrote in fandomstats
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This is a community to discuss fandom (fanworks and/or fans) from a quantitative/analytical angle.


This community is a place to discuss past and future analyses, methodology for gathering and analyzing data, and anything else related to fandom stats or surveys.  You don't need to be a stats whiz or do analyses yourself to participate in this community.  Just be interested in discussing these topics!

Example questions that fandom stats might help address:

  • Fanworks: Which tags on AO3 are most commonly used?  Which tags get the most kudos?  How does this differ from what's popular on Fanfiction.net and other platforms?  How is it changing over time?

  • Fans: What are the demographics of fandom?  Does the sexual orientation of fans correlate with the fanworks they like to read/write?  Do different ages of fans prefer different types of fanworks?  What are fannish motivations for shipping? (e.g., how many fans care whether their ship becomes canon?)

More info/resources about fandom stats can be found here:

If you're new here, please feel free to leave a note in the comments on this post introducing yourself and sharing a bit about your fandom interests and past fandom analyses (if applicable).  You can also ask any questions about the community here.

If you're new here, please feel free to make a new post and say hi!  :)  Tell us about what you're interested in, or what your background is, or ask questions.

Currently, more discussion is going on in #fandom stats and #fandom stats discussion over on Tumblr, but I'd like to also keep this community going for people who are happier on LJ and conversations that are better suited to threaded interactions.  So feel free to jump in on either/both platforms!

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i'm zambla here and polytony @tumblr. formerly active in hp fandom, not so much now.

i've reluctantly become a "data scientist," working mainly in statistical analysis in my research; i have pretty extensive training/skill in data mining & statistical modeling. i've also a salad of interest in the arts & letters, mostly cyberpunk/scifi-realism culture at the moment.

my interest in fandom stat is more literary (than, say, sociological) -- i've been more interested in how fan writing has worked -- one very, very ambitious idea has been to take a branch from the stanford literary lab, which does "distant reading" and use its ideas/tools in statistical analysis to examine fanlit from a literary point of view. are style/mechanics of writing reflective of the greater context of the work? but this at the moment is a very ill-formed idea with no great critical value.

anyway, i feel that i can offer some technical insights, and i hope we can get great discussion going in this community.

Ooh, neat! I hadn't run across the litlab stuff, but that sounds awesome.

*waves* oh, hey! I think we might interested in the same part of fandom analysis. Thanks for the Stanford Lit Lab link, I just had a quick look at their project page and I already have a few ideas that could be cool to explore within fanfic.

e.g. titles in fanfic - how are fics named? for example, what's up with the song lyrics names? this could be actually done programmatically - quick google search says there are several lyrics databases that have open APIs, so if you collected fic titles (say via scraping AO3) and cross-referenced it with that, you could get... I don't know, fandoms that do it more often than others? Music genres?

anyway. I'd love to hear your own ideas about this. :)

ahh, sorry for going awol! i like this idea of mapping the "titlespace;" maybe even finding out predominant structures in titles (although we might need some semantic dictionary for this.) do you want to do it?

i'm relatively free this month to fiddle around some web-scraping tools and/or pandas. p.s. are you on github?

weeeeell, yes to github (same nickname as here), but there's nothing fandom stats-y there (or anything else of value, tbh :d). Judging from your post, I really don't have the skills to be any use to you *embarassed shrug*. I'm a newb, I'm here to get ideas and kick myself to actually do something. :B
But if you get something done with this, please share, I'm curious :)

not necessarily true! i'm a total newb at web-interfacing and anything to do with getting data from the web in general! we could, like, exchange skills! or just discuss more ideas. :D

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