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

Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

With elections coming up for the Dutch House of Representatives, it is time to reflect once more on the past four years. What can the past four years possibly tell us about the next four? Continue reading Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

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

Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament

In 1917, just shy of a hundred years ago, a constitutional amendment1 gave women in the Netherlands the right to run for office. A year later, Suze Groeneweg was the first woman to be elected as a House representative2Continue reading Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament