Sunday, January 23, 2011

The hatness of Depp

Title of WorkHattednessIMDB score
Nightmare on Elm Street07.4
Private Resort06.6
Lady Blue06.2
Slow Burn05.2
21 Jump Street07.2
Edward Scissorhands18.0
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare04.6
Arizona Dream17.3
Benny and Joon16.9
What's Eating Gilbert Grape07.8
Ed Wood08.1
Don Juan DeMarco16.6
Dead Man17.7
Nick of Time06.3
Donnie Brasco17.8
The Brave16.3
Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas17.6
Ninth Gate06.6
Astronaut's Wife05.0
Sleepy Hollow07.5
The Man Who Cried16.0
Before Night Falls17.2
The Fast Show17.8
From Hell06.9
Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl18.0
Once Upon a Time in Mexico16.2
Secret Window16.5
King of the Hill07.8
And They Lived Happily Ever After06.6
Finding Neverland07.9
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory17.1
Corpse Bride07.5
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest17.3
Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End17.0
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street07.7
Spongebob Squarepants07.9
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus07.1
Public Enemies17.1
Alice in Wonderland16.6
The Tourist06.0

When trying to decide whether or not to see The Tourist, a question was raised about whether Johnny Depp, a star widely reputed to wear a lot of hats, was hatted, implying that hattendness would be a reasonable predictor for quality of Johnny Depp movie.

Unfortunately, the data does not seem to support the conclusion that quality of Depp movie can be predicted by his hattedness: Both classic and tragic Depp movies appear in both categories.


Roles were selected from Depp's IMDB page, a binary determination of "significant hattedness" was made (with 1 representing "hatted" and 0 representing "hatless"), and the IMDB cumulative rating as of 1/23/11 was taken. Absolutely no further data processing was attempted. See: Opportunities for future study.

Possible sources of error:

Depp's IMDB page may or may not be correct. All Depp roles were included, even those categorically unlikely to include hats (if hats predicated on Depp's personal love of hats), e.g. Spongebob Squarepants. Degree of hattedness is debateable — for the purposes of this study, headbands counted, as did Depp's hair in Edward Scissorhands, but masks did not. IMDB scores are not an objective rating of film quality; there's no way that Crybaby is a worse movie than Pirates of the Carribean.

Opportunities for further study:

A more thorough survey of Depp's oeuvre may uncover more instances of hattedness. Likewise, a more thorough study may allow us to develop a more nuanced hattedness metric, dependent upon duration and significance of hat wearing, which could be broadly applied to develop a universal hat measurement. The proportion of hattedness within Depp's films could also be compared to the hattedness of other actors, ultimately resulting in predicting the amount that hattedness contributes to the overall quality of a film. The study of hattedness, or hattery, or capology, is young and has many opportunities. With more funding, this data set could also be run through all sorts of pretty graphs and plots. But someone would also have to show me how to do that.

Literature review: Why Does Johnny Depp Wear So Many Hats?
A Degree in Hats

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