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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Hello all, I'm Finn, wandering in a little late, as usual. I go by finnagain on AO3, fffinnagain on tumblr, and I've finally pulled together a page of all my fandom stats posts. Sherlock is my main fandom, and I am a podficcer, so the work of done has been focused on those subsets of fandom.

My fandom stats styles has been mostly database analysis: counts of works, creators, popularity metrics, over factors like tags, time, and fandoms. I scrape meta data (any one want a python scrapper for AO3, just let me know), I fuss over plots, I love time series, and I occasionally indulge in significance testing, where appropriate. I come from Math and Stats, academically, and my research these days involves a lot of exploratory data analysis.

I'm fascinated by fandom as a space for amateur creation: a context for people to share and appreciate works outside of the (quality, content, and style) standards of professionally produced media. And the records we make of fandom works make it possible to explore bits of this empirically.

So, for example, I am curious about the dynamics of fan creators: how does popularity grow? what kind of feedback keeps creators producing through time? Do creators get treated differently depending on scale? Do creators comment differently than non-creators?

I'm also interested in looking at the reception of different kinds fanworks: what gets seen on what platforms? Are serial works and long works treated differently than short pieces? How are Works In Progress treated?

I have rough ideas as to how to get at each of these, though some require tools I've barely touched (natural language processing, eep!) Who knows how many I'll get to, but a little help and encouragement from similarly curious folks wouldn't hurt. :)

I'M SO EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THIS MORE WITH YOU! (Also, ugh, sorry, this got spam-filtered and I only just noticed! I fixed the community settings so hopefully that won't happen again.)

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