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Inside Douban’s Top 250, a door pries into the world of audiences in mainland China

Summary: In this article, we crawl and analyze the top 250 films evaluated by DouBan users, find their preference on specific directors, types and regions, and also see trends of movies in different regions, particularly in America and Hong Kong. Besides, we pay attention to analyze the rise and down of Hong Kong film productions, and also add some background information for a better understanding. 

Douban top 250

In general, the best ways to reflect a movie’s preference and prevalence are through box office and ratings. But box office is biased since lots of movies are blocked in China and people are likely to be affected by several factors.  Thus, it’s more objective to examine it through ratings.

Douban Movie is a famous Chinese film rating site, with millions of users watching, rating, and commenting on movies day by day. Considering a large number of Douban users and the relatively objective measurement, data from the Top 250 list is suitable for our analysis.

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Data News of the Week | Visualising the Blockchain

The Rise and Rise of ICO in late 2017

If you still don’t know what is “blockchain” or what is “bitcoin”, The recent work from Max Galka will assure you this is the high time to do some self-study, or you will miss the birth time of “another Internet”. The idea of ICO, Initial Coin/Chain Offering, is an analogy of IPO. With the inception of “smart contract” capability, fundraising, a process to exchange currency to certificate, can be done in a distributed manner. The “currency” in the chain world can be Ethereum, NEO, BitCoin, … The “certificate” in the chain world is called “token” so the ICO process is also referred to as “token sale”. The convenience of ICO gains rapid growth with crazy capitals pouring into this field. Just check out this interactive/ animated token sale history.

Screenshot: The ICO Market Cap to date (Nov 2017)

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Data News of the Week | US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. How does it matter to the companies and citizens?

Tax is one of the crucial parts of the country’s economic. Under the globalization, US tax policy might relevant to your life. The economic trends could affect you and the steps you might need to take so you can profit from it. Moreover, there are lots of data in the tax policies which could turn into some good data news. This week we will share some Trump’s new GOP tax cut plan data news.

What is the Tax Cuts about?

Trump’s Tax Plan and How It Affects You [Link]

The whole tax bill cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and the top individual tax rate will drop to 37%, which used to be 39.6% in 2017.

The following chart shows the progressive tax rate before and after the bill, in one Table. We find that table is an effective way to display data with high density. It seems the tax will be deducted for everyone except for the lowest income bracket.


Read more: Corporate Income Tax: Definition, History, Effective Rate

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HK residents’ perception on haunted house keeps conservative

Produced by Maggie Liu, Annie Qiu, Zoya Zhao, Jasmine Zhou

Housing price of Hong Kong stands high, increasing by near 20% compared with five years ago.

Hong Kong housing price stands high all around the world in the past several years. There’s a trend reported by some news report showing that more and more people choose to buy or invest in haunted houses to solve the living problem.

(Source: database)

Haunted houses refer to those that violent or tragic events, such as murder, accidental death or suicide have ever happened in the houses. As a result, the housing price of haunted houses always offers a big discount compared with other similar apartments.

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 Imperfect strategies in tackling overheated housing market


“I guess I cannot buy my own room in Hong Kong in my life. Impossible,” said Gina, a university student. She is near graduation this year and has to do part-time jobs while studying. In addition to facing the pressure of her studies, she also felt deeply impotent in the face of high housing prices.

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Data News of the Week | Paradise Papers

Do you still remember the massive Panama Paper leak in 2016? When 13.4 million financial documents were released in this November, the offshore paradise islands got global attention again. Paradise Papers cover the time period from 1950 to 2016, including the more than 120,000 people and 25,000 offshore companies.

Tech-savvy readers can jump to the database directly. Like before, the dataset is modelled as a graph, namely treating the Officers, Intermediaries and Addresses as nodes and their relationships as links. Neo4j is one widely adopted graph database. Its web user interface, called “neo4j browser”, allows journalists to visually expand and explore a graph. The query language “Cypher” is a superset of relational query (SQL), full-text search and graph pattern matching. Its flexibility and built-in graph algorithms allow experienced journalists to systematically study the underlying graph. The download page on ICIJ includes snapshots of four neo4j databases exported in CSV format.

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Data News of the Week | North Korea Tensions

“North Korea” or “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)” are recurrent and frequent headlines in the newspapers. The recent advances in missile technology and nuclear tests threatens the world and creates a lot of geopolitical tensions. Our editor would like to share relevant data projects this week.

The “wholesale” packages

Assuming you are too busy to study all the background information and catch up the latest news, here are two must-read projects that get you up to date in 30 minutes.

☞ Immersive reporting from ESRI StoryMaps: side by side comparison of two Koreas in multiple angles [Link]

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Data News of the Week | Nobel Prize and Hong Kong Chief Executive Policy Address

Noble Prize and Policy Address 2017.

Nobel Prize. Michael Greshko from National Geographic finds out that Nearly 900 People Have Won Nobel Prizes. Only 48 Were Women. The gender gap exists, regardless that female winners are increasing in recent years.


Nobel Prize

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More Than a Nuisance–A multimedia report on the noisy China that you don’t know, or have already “heard” of.

(This is a repost from the students’ final projects of the DATA VISUALIZATION FOR NEWS @ HKBU Spring 2017, click the link to read the original: More Than a Nuisance)

“The noises used to be ignored were proved to be more than a nuisance, but a signal, a potential threat, and a hidden bomb of our urban life, that needs to be taken care of with greater attention.”

Julianna WuFred Lai & Roy Tang make the project in a multimedia way to report on the noisy China. Including maps, charts, sounds, timeline…

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