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 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 have a master's degree in Statistics and have been working as a data scientist in the private sector for about 10 months now. I've been trying to transition from R to python for numerical analysis, since it seems like the latter is a lot better supported in non-academic settings. I also want to take my data science to the next level by trying out some new "recipes" in my spare time, and I thought using data that actually interested me might be a plus to get me motivated.
On the fandom level-right now I am I got into fanfiction in 2013 through destinationtoast and tumblr user marginalutilite. I admit I'm a fairly promiscuous reader on AO3 (Johnlock and Destiel mostly, but I read a lot of Stucky fics recently and I haven't even seen the movies!). I definitely have a long history of M/F romance novel reading, for what it's worth. I don't always know why I read fanfiction, which only stokes my interest in it as a social phenomenon :)
Most practically, I'm interested in how to scrape data off AO3 without being obnoxious about it. I've done a little of it already but welcome any tips on timing requests/self-imposed rate limits/even emailing the people running the show. Feel free to add my livejournal if you'd like to start a dialogue.

Edited at 2015-06-14 09:30 pm (UTC)

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