## Some graphs and emoticons

## Using twitter to predict movie box office revenue

This is neat. Asur and Huberman (HP Labs California) have analyzed the rate of tweeting versus opening weekend box office revenue. As expected, they found a strong correlation between the amount of tweets concerning a forthcoming film, and its opening weekend box office return (lots of people talking about it, means lots of people want to see it, right?). MrScienceShow says:

“After examining the rate of chatter from almost 3 million movie tweets, the researchers constructed a linear regression model for predicting box-office revenues of movies in advance of their release. These results

outperformedthe Hollywood Stock Exchange, a market in which people can buy and sell virtual shares in actors, directors and individual movies and produces unusually accurate predictions of film popularity.”

The results can be found in their paper on the arxiv.

## Update: Thanks!

(crossposted from my main site)

Hi math geeks (as well as nerds, dorks, and dweebs)!

I wanted to give a shout out and **huge thanks** to all my subscribers and random visitors. Some of you already know that I also host SpikedMath.com where I like to post lame math comics. Without your readership, comments and love I probably would have given up on these two sites.

Next month I’ll be officially launching a little store (which seems to be the “cool thing” to do) where you will have the option to own your very own geeky math merchandise (but you guys can have a sneak peak at what I have set up right now: math shirts). I don’t have any Spiked Math stuff posted yet, just some silly math shirts in a few of the categories – some of the categories are empty, but hopefully before the end of August I will find the time to polish it off. Some sample cheesy designs I currently have available are:

Hopefully I can get on top of this soon.

Once again, thank you for all of your support and for visiting Math Fail!!

Mike and the Math Fail Team (which consists of just Mike).

## Neat math shirts

## LaTeX Comic Sans style

FYI: There is a comic sans package available that makes Microsoft’s Comic Sans font usable in LaTeX. For example, the following is produced using the comic sans package:

Installation instructions can be found at ctan.org [pdf file]. Although, if you know how to LaTeX, chances are you may not like comic sans.

## pi percent of 1337

It all makes sense now

See this forum post on Kongregate where Yllier explains that:

“Today I was playing with a calculator and found out that Pi, 1337 and 42 are all related. Well, kinda.

3.1415 × 13.37 = 42.001855

Or you can do division

42.001855 / 13.37 = 3.14.15

I just made my day.”

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