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Roles for the boys? Mining cast lists for gender and role distributions over time

Will Radford, Matthias Gallé
Film and television play an important role in popular cul- ture. However studies that require watching and annotating video are time-consuming and expensive to run at scale. We explore information mined from media database cast lists to explore the evolution of di erent roles over time. We fo- cus on the gender distribution of those roles and how this changes over time. Finally, we compare real-life census gen- der distributions to our web-mediated onscreen gender data. We propose these methodologies are a useful adjunct to tra- ditional analysis that allow researchers to explore the rela- tionship between online and onscreen gender depictions.
24th International World Wide Web Conference, Florence, Italy, 18-22 May, 2015.


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