Project 3 - Saturday Night at the Movies - Rough Draft

Team member choice due 3/30/20 at 8:59 pm Chicago time
Project alpha version due 4/13/20 at
8:59 pm Chicago time
Project final version due 4/27/20 at
8:59 pm Chicago time



Project 3 will be the second group project and the focus here will be on dealing with data files.

Again we will be using the main classroom wall as the target display, and again your interface should work with touch on that wall for a normal sized person.

You can keep your group from Project 2 or form new groups. Send Andy an email once you know your group for project 3 (even if it is the same as for project 2). I will create groups for people that do not form groups on their own. Again the standard group size will be 2 or 3 people per group.
 
As with Project 2 you should very quickly set up a web page for your new group project and send the URL to andy. Each Friday of the project each team member should post on the project web site an overview of what he/she did on the project that week.



We are going to make use of the internet movie database (IMDB) and visualize information related to genres and plot keywords over 100 years of film.

The current IMDB does not make a lot of data available for free, but the IMDB from December 2017 did, so we are going to make use of those data files which are available from ftp.fu-berlin.de/pub/misc/movies/database/frozendata/ among other sites.

It will take 2-3 gig to download the necessary files.

At that point you can start filtering the files using tools of your choice (grep, python scripting, etc.) Just be sure to document the process so it can be duplicated. This means either keeping track of every tool and command you use, or writing a script that does all of it for you, so you could start with downloading these files and end up with the files you are going to use in your application.

The files we are interested in include:


The IMDB has more than movies, so you can start by removing a bunch of other things:

We are also going to limit the films in other ways:

note that the name of a film plus its year is the unique identifier in the IMDB (films with the same name that came out the same year have modified years to differentiate them)

also note that the certificates in the US have changed quite a bit over the years. Be sure to keep track of all of them (aside from the ones we have removed) and not just the current ones.



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For a C you need to:


For a B you need to be able to combine data from the different files together and:


For an A you need to add:


Graduate Students need to:


In all of these case you need to make sure that your visualizations are well constructed with good color and font choices, proper labeling, and that they effectively reveal the truth about the data to the user

Note that as part of the web page part of the grade you will need to use your interface to show your findings, so make sure that the way your interface displays information is clear.

Again, your app will be evaluated running full screen with touch interaction on the classroom wall and should not require scrolling.


For this project you should host your solution using the evl shiny server. There are a new set of logins for this project.



There are two deadlines for this project. By the first deadline you should have implemented the initial screen layout of your application and have the basic functionality allowing the user to perform an example of the various 'C' functionality on the classroom wall. This will make sure that your group is on track and that you can focus on making a good interface and set of visualizations, not just functional ones. Personally, I think you should have the entire C functionality done at that point if you are going for an A on the project as a whole. You should make this version of the interface available on your group project page.

As part of the final turn in you should create a set of web pages that describe your work on the project. This should include:

all of which should have plenty of screenshots with meaningful captions. Web pages like this can be very helpful later on in helping you build up a portfolio of your work when you start looking for a job so please put some effort into it.

Be sure to document any external libraries, tools, etc. that you make use of - give credit where credit is due for everything that you didn't create yourself.

You should also create a 2-3 minute YouTube video showing the use of your application including narration with decent audio quality. That video should be in a very obvious place on your main project web page. The easiest way to do this is to either shoot it at the classroom wall or use a screen-capture tool while interacting with your application, though you will most likely find its useful to do some editing afterwards to tighten the video up. Its also a good idea to have a video like this available as a backup during your presentation just in case of gremlins.
You may want to shoot this video on the wall itself.

The web page including screen snapshots and video need to be done by the deadline so be sure to leave enough time to get that work done.

I will be linking your web page to the course notes so please send andy and sai a nice jpg image of your visualization for the web. This should be named p3.<someone_in_your_groups_last_name>.jpg. 



When the project is done, each person in the group should also send Andy a private email with no one else CC'd ranking your coworkers on the project on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high) in terms of how good a coworker they were on the project. If you never want to work with them again, give them a 1. If this person would be a first choice for a partner on a future project then give them a 5. If they did what was expected but nothing particularly good or bad then give them a 3. By default your score should be 3 unless you have a particular reason to increase or decrease the number. If you are giving a score other than 3 you need to say why. Please confine your responses to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and no 1/3ds or .5s please. Each person's score on the project will be based on the overall score for the group modified by these rankings.



Each group will show their visualization to the class and describe its features. This allows everyone to see a variety of solutions to the problem, and a variety of implementations. Rehearse your presentation ... several times. All team members are expected to participate equally in that presentation.




Project 3 groups:

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Note that group numbers are changing for project 3 and there will be new accounts on the shiny.evl.uic.edu server.

These new accounts will be in the form p3g#



current list of packages installed on the evl shiny server:

> installed.packages()[,1:2]  




last revision 10/24/19