Stats & Game of Thrones: Episode Transcripts (Season 1)

A while ago, I set out to do a text analysis of Game of Thrones episode transcripts. Unfortunately, these scripts are not easy to find; for a text analysis to make any sense at all I need character names to go with lines in the scripts.  Continue reading Stats & Game of Thrones: Episode Transcripts (Season 1)

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Stats & IMDb: Machine Learning and Movie Recommendations – Part I

I have been using IMDb as a tracking tool for movies. I rate movies I watched, and I use IMDb’s average member rating, and metascores (critics rating) in determining what else I’d like to see. However, these ratings often deviate from my own scores. In preparation for a machine learning course, I am using this mismatch to set up a new project; the objective is to make better predictions and give more accurate movie recommendations. Continue reading Stats & IMDb: Machine Learning and Movie Recommendations – Part I

A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

In this essay I compare the use of memory and history in works by Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf, mainly focusing on Le Spleen de Paris and To The Lighthouse. I argue that they use these concepts in different manners, namely Baudelaire reflects on his observations in ‘the now’, while Woolf reflects on the events that shaped us and our continuous journey of reconciling the past with the now. Continue reading A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

Death and mourning in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In this essay I compare death and mourning in act one of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – the death of King and the appearance of his ghost, with those in 4.7 (Ophelia’s death), and 5.1 (Churchyard scene). Continue reading Death and mourning in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

When the Winds of Winter return: Game of Thrones episode running time

The new season of Game of Thrones premiers in a little over a month on July 16th; it is set to have seven episodes instead of the usual ten. We do get longer episodes, with the last two – S07E06 and S07E07 – both breaking the show’s record for longest episode. Continue reading When the Winds of Winter return: Game of Thrones episode running time

Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums

During the 2016 U.S. election cycle, I watched one of SNL’s Democratic Debate cold opens. It probably wasn’t the first sketch I ever saw, but it was the first one that made me want to see more. I knew SNL first as a name that sounded vaguely familiar, and later as that show my American friends referenced without context, and I never got any of the jokes. Continue reading Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums