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Scientist Posits Film Formula

According to All Headline News a scientist at Oklahoma State University is working on a formula to determine the success of a film. Professor Ramesh Sharda has been working for seven years and has analyzed over 800 films to create his algorithm. He uses features like ratings, if the film is a sequel, theater numbers, genre, cast "strength" and competition at the time of the release.

I can't be sure, as I haven't looked at the research, but it seems kinda obvious. If action flick "Mission Impossible: 3" starring Tom Cruise opens against period drama "Pourquoi Pas?" starring complete unknowns, it's not hard to predict the success of films.

I think a more important algorithm will be why films that are slated to be huge, fail spectacularly. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on December 14, 2005 9:55 PM
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