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X-files: The stats are out there
Everybody knows the TV series X-files . We've all seen at least one episode in the 90's. I was never a huge fan, but definitely watched my share of episodes back then. So when I heard the series was kicking off again with the same two stars, David Duchovny ...

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How retro is Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens?
Essentially all reviews I have read of the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens , discuss how well J.J. Abrams was able to rekindle with the spirit of the original trilogy (Episodes 4, 5, 6). It's sufficiently retro that even George Lucas spoke o...

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Lego Pricing: For which partnerships do consumers pay the most for?
As for most parents out there, a Lego set was part of the Christmas wishlist, and I found myself in front of an impressive display of options. As I was looking through the boxes, I noticed something while comparing these two boxes: Extra information: the tw...

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2015 Summer Blockbuster review
Summertime rhymes with school break, fireworks, BBQ, but just as inseparable are Hollywood's big blockbusters. Early 2015, even as early as late 2014 we had teasers and trailers for the big upcoming wave of big budget movies, many of which sequels to blockb...

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Is this movie any good? Figuring out which movie rating to trust
In October, FiveThirtyEight published a post cautioning us when looking at movie reviews " Be Suspicious Of Online Movie Ratings, Especially Fandango’s ". To summarize the post as concisely as possible, Walt Hickey describes how Fandango inflates movie scor...

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NBA stock: 2016 is a highly volatile year!
Some things never change. I haven't followed the new 2015-2016 NBA season as closely as I would have, but it's impossible to ignore that our two finalists from last years are still dominating their conferences, San Antonio keeps chugging along as it has alw...

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A brief history of NBA runs: Do teams really 'get hot'?
"Cleveland with a 10-0 in the last 2:05...." "Warriors answering with an 8-0 run over the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter..." I've watched a number of games during this 2014-2015 season, Playoffs included, and couldn't help but notice t...

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There's also a Wall in Game of Thrones' ratings
A few months back, I looked at the evolution of various metrics (viewership, metacritic ratings, IMDB ratings) for the critically acclaimed TV show Game of Thrones, and also compared overall ratings for the show with Breaking Bad and The Wire which also obt...

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Love at first sight? Evolution of a movie's rating
Every day, over 3 million unique visitors go to imdb.com and I am very often one of those. With limited time to watch movies, I heavily rely on IMDB's ratings to determine whether a movie is a rental or theatre go/no-go. My memory is sufficiently bad that I...

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The "Overtime effect": Why things go crazy in the final seconds of regulation
Jeff Ely is an Economics Professor at Northwestern, and in 2009, he and one of his PhD students, Toomas Hinnosaar, wrote an blog post entitled "The Overtime Spike in NBA Basketball" . (Incidentally, it was after reading this post shortly after it had been p...
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