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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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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