Early Prediction of Movie Box Office Success Based on Wikipedia Activity Big Data

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Early Prediction of Movie Box Office Success Based on Wikipedia Activity Big Data is a 2013 journal article written in English by Márton Mestyán, Taha Yasseri, János Kertész and published in PLoS ONE.

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Use of socially generated "big data" to access information about collective states of the minds in human societies has become a new paradigm in the emerging field of computational social science. A natural application of this would be the prediction of the society's reaction to a new product in the sense of popularity and adoption rate. However, bridging the gap between "real time monitoring" and "early predicting" remains a big challenge. Here we report on an endeavor to build a minimalistic predictive model for the financial success of movies based on collective activity data of online users. We show that the popularity of a movie can be predicted much before its release by measuring and analyzing the activity level of editors and viewers of the corresponding entry to the movie in Wikipedia, the well-known online encyclopedia.

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