Visualize and analyse IMDB ratings with R (part 2)

This post is part of a series of posts to analyse the digital me.

In my previous post about analysing IMDB ratings in this series I explored some of the data I collected about my movie preferences, also compared to the ratings other IMDB raters.

In this post I will dig a little deeper to learn more about my own personal movie preferences.

Does popularity of a movie impact my rating?

Some movies are very mainstream, other are more niche or an “acquired” taste. The popularity of a movie can be determined in IMDB by the number of reviews a movie has received. Let’s first see how the number of IMDB reviews relates to the average IMDB rating. We can do that by building a sctaterplot.

theme_data <- theme_light(base_size = 13) + theme(plot.margin=unit(c(0.5,1,1.5,1.2),"cm")) 
color_bar <- "#999999"
color_fill <- "#5c85d6"
#spread of movie release decades
ggplot(data_imdb, aes(x = imdb_ratings, y = imdb_rating)) +
  geom_point() +
  #scale_x_discrete(limit = c(1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010)) + 
  scale_y_discrete(limit = c(3:10)) + 
  ylab("IMDB average rating") +
  xlab("Number of IMDB ratings") +   

In this scatterplot you can see that most of the movies are clustered around a low number of reviews and are receiving average ratings between 6 and 7. It’s interesting to see that the movies with most IMDB ratings are all highly rated. Let’s check out which movies these are.

head(arrange(data_imdb[,c("title", "imdb_ratings", "imdb_rating")],desc(imdb_ratings)),10)
##                                                title imdb_ratings
## 1                           The Shawshank Redemption      2000322
## 2                                    The Dark Knight      1969523
## 3                                          Inception      1750193
## 4                                         Fight Club      1600985
## 5                                       Pulp Fiction      1565763
## 6                                       Forrest Gump      1522234
## 7  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring      1441273
## 8                                         The Matrix      1435239
## 9      The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King      1424377
## 10                                     The Godfather      1370383
##    imdb_rating
## 1          9.3
## 2          9.0
## 3          8.8
## 4          8.8
## 5          8.9
## 6          8.8
## 7          8.8
## 8          8.7
## 9          8.9
## 10         9.2

So Shawshank Redemption and Dark Knight are the most reviewed movies I have rated myself. And they are both highly rated.

Understanding the probability of number of ratings to impact my rating

The probability can be calculated with a p-value.

cor(as.numeric(data_imdb$imdb_ratings), as.numeric(data_imdb$myRating))
## [1] 0.4478298

As you can see, the p-value is 0.4478298. This means that the number of ratings on IMDB will have a 45% chance of having no effect on my own rating. So there is a pretty high probability that the number of ratings will have an effect on my rating (52%).

My favorite actors

I always think I know which actors I like and put their movies on the top of my watchlist. Let’s check out if I actually rate the movies my favorite actors with the highest scores too.

For each movies I rate, there are a maximum of 15 actors added to the dataset. I have added them all to one column, pipe separated. I will use the data.table and stringr package to split the data in the cast column and learn more about the actors in the movies I reviewed. I will create a new dataframe with a count of the the actors (unique_actor_count) and find out how many actors are in this dataframe (unique_actors). After that, I will create a new dataframe with my top 10 most watched actors and visualise it in a barchart for easy interpretation.

data.frame(table(unlist(strsplit(data_imdb$imdb_cast, "[|]")))) -> unique_actor_count
nrow(unique_actor_count) -> unique_actors
head(arrange(unique_actor_count,desc(Freq)),10) -> unique_actor_count_top10

ggplot(data = unique_actor_count_top10, aes(x = Var1, y = Freq)) +
  geom_bar(stat = "identity", fill=color_fill, color = color_bar)+
  coord_flip() +
  geom_text(aes(label = Freq), position=position_dodge(width=1), hjust = -0.5) + 
  theme(axis.text.x = element_text(angle = 90, hjust = 1)) +
  ylab("Number of movies watched featuring actor") +
  xlab("") +

It turns out more than 8000 actors have made it to my dataframe and the one I have viewed more than others was Samuel L. Jackson. I’m surprised to see only male actors made it to my top 10. Not sure how that happened…

My favorite movie genres

Just like my favorite actors, I can also learn more about favorite genres. The data is setup in the same way, so for now I will go straight to the visualisations.

data.frame(table(unlist(strsplit(data_imdb$imdb_genres, "[|]")))) -> unique_genres_count
c("Addcontentadvisoryforparents", "MPAA", "Seeallcertifications", "Viewcontentadvisory") -> genre_dirt
filter(unique_genres_count, !grepl(paste(genre_dirt, collapse="|"), Var1)) -> unique_genres_count
## [1] 22

Just like actors, it is possible for a movie to have multiple genres. I have made them unique and can now see that I only have 22 genres in the dataset.

Let’s see what the average rating is per genre and the number of movies I have watched by genre.

head(arrange(unique_genres_count,desc(Freq)),10) -> unique_genres_count_top10

unique_genres_count$Var1 -> genre_group

df_mean_genre <- data.frame()
for(v in genre_group){
  data_imdb %>%
    filter(str_detect(imdb_genres, v)) %>%
    select(myRating) -> df7
    round(mean(df7$myRating),2) ->mean_genre
    df8 <- data.table("genre" = v, "mean" = mean_genre)

genre_overview = merge(unique_genres_count, df_mean_genre, by.x=c("Var1"), by.y=c("genre"))

ggplot(data = genre_overview, aes(x = Var1, y = mean, fill = Freq)) +
  geom_bar(stat = "identity")+
  geom_text(aes(label = mean), size = 3, position=position_dodge(width=1), vjust = -1) + 
  scale_y_continuous(expand = c(0, 0),breaks = seq(0, 10, 1)) +  
  ylab("Average rating") +
  xlab("Genre") +
  theme_data +  
  coord_cartesian(ylim = c(0:8)) +  
  theme(axis.text.x = element_text(angle = 90, hjust = 1))

I really enjoy a great animation movie (brings out the child in me), but I hardly watch them. Horror is not my preferred genre and that shows in the number of horror movies I have seen and how I rate them.