On May 4th, a day known worldwide as Star Wars Day (“May the fourth“), approximately 40 Data Science fans seized this occasion to learn more about this subject by practicing and sharing on yet another Lisbon Kaggle Meetup. The “Data Science Hands-on” Meetup took place at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST Campus) and it was precisely dedicated to cinema:
This event was also sponsored by Xpand IT, in collaboration with Hackerschool Lisboa, a group of IST students interested in technology, who also evangelizes the practice of learn-by-doing.
First off, the event started with a presentation by Xpand IT’s own Ricardo Pires, who introduced the company and their units focused on data treatment and exploration. Participants received a sample of how these problems fit in a real-world context. Shortly after, professor Rui Henriques, who teaches Data Science at IST, explained his perspective on how to approach a Data Science problem, providing some tips related to the meetup’s challenge.
Data from this challenge leverage learning and provide an idea of a potentially real problem, as they are semi-structured and demand a great amount of effort to process.
After the two presentations, participants started to unravel the mysteries hidden within the data. They verified, for example, a generalized increase in revenue over the years. They also noticed that American movies had a superior revenue, compared to all the rest.