IMDb Explorer: visual exploration of a movie database

Michael Burch, Gerald Baulig, Tobias Boley, Arjana Mehmeti, Dina Kurbanismailova, Marc Roswag, Oliver Streicher, Steffen Wittig, Uwe Kloos

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Abstract

Lots of movies are produced every year, too many to watch all of them and in particular, to get an overview about the evolution of typical movie genres and actors playing in them. Moreover, it is a challenging problem to detect correlations among the movies and the actors in those movies, in particular, if we are interested in time-varying data patterns like trends, countertrends, or anomalies and outliers. Those correlations are specifically interesting if they can be inspected on different levels of granularity, e.g., temporal, but also hierarchical in form of country- or continent-based correlations. In this paper we describe the IMDb Explorer, a web-based visualization tool that consists of two major views denoted by the movie cosmos and the career lines. Both views are linked and interactively manipulable while a list of user-defined metrics are explorable. We illustrate the usefulness of the visualization tool by applying it to the entire movie database provided by IMDb.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVINCI 2018 - 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages88-91
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6501-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2018
Event11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, (VINCI2018) - Vaxjo, Sweden
Duration: 13 Aug 201815 Aug 2018
http://vinci-conf.org/

Conference

Conference11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, (VINCI2018)
CountrySweden
CityVaxjo
Period13/08/1815/08/18
OtherVINCI2018
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Keywords

  • IMDb
  • Radial visualization
  • Time-based visualization

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Burch, M., Baulig, G., Boley, T., Mehmeti, A., Kurbanismailova, D., Roswag, M., ... Kloos, U. (2018). IMDb Explorer: visual exploration of a movie database. In VINCI 2018 - 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (pp. 88-91). New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3231622.3231633