Scaling the Critics: Uncovering the Latent Dimensions of Movie Criticism with an Item Response Approach

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Scaling the Critics: Uncovering the Latent Dimensions of Movie Criticism with an Item Response Approach

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dc.contributor.author Spirling, Arthur P
dc.contributor.author Peress, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-28T15:04:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-28
dc.identifier.citation Peress, Michael, and Arthur Spirling. Forthcoming. Scaling the critics: Uncovering the latent dimensions of movie criticism with an item response approach. Journal of the American Statistical Association. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0003-1291 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0162-1459 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3356140
dc.description.abstract We study the critical opinions of expert movie reviewers as an item response problem. Building on earlier ‘unfolding’ models, we develop a framework that models an individual’s decision to approve or disapprove of an item. Using this approach, we are able to recover the locations of movies and ideal points of critics in the same multi-dimensional space. We demonstrate that a three dimensional model captures much of the variation in critical opinions. The first dimension signifies movie ‘quality’ while the other two connote the nature and sub ject matter of the films. We then demonstrate that the dimensions uncovered from our ‘utility threshold model’ are statistically significant predictors of a movie’s success, and are particularly useful in predicting the success of ‘independent’ films. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Statistical Association en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://pubs.amstat.org/loi/jasa en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject utility threshold model en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.subject ideal points en_US
dc.title Scaling the Critics: Uncovering the Latent Dimensions of Movie Criticism with an Item Response Approach en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of the American Statistical Association en_US
dash.depositing.author Spirling, Arthur P
dc.date.available 2009-10-28T15:04:30Z

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