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IMDb Analysis with Microsoft Power BI

Posted by denglishbi on January 15, 2014

The Microsoft Power BI Contest entry submission ended today and this morning I worked on my video and got my entry posted.  For my entry I ended up going with the Top 250 rated movies on IMDb.  Last year when I was testing out “Data Explorer” (now called Power Query) I did a blog posting that highlighted this set of data along with some Power View reports here – Installing Data Explorer Preview Demo with IMDb Data

Since that post, which was back in March 2013, the data on the web page has changed (ratings of course, but the data available).  Like now the vote counts were not included in the table on the web page.  Also, I was using an external site to get some XML data to reference for additional information about the movies, well that changed to, so I did get to freshen up the demo a bit.  I also had to prepare some additional items for the Office 365, Power BI, Q&A, and I did setup a Windows 8 Power BI demo.

For our entries we were limited to only 10 minutes, so by no means are these going to be an end-to-end instruction guide.  I didn’t go into a deep analysis of the data, what I was trying to demonstrate was the ability to go from a basic web page of data to a fully decked out analysis tool.  I used Excel 2013, Power Query, Power Pivot, Pivot Charts and Tables, Power View, Office 365, Power BI, and the latest Q&A, so I was trying to show off as much as I could and stay within the timeframe provided.  I also had a demo to show off the Windows 8 Power BI app, but I wasn’t sure the Camtasia video capture software would capture the app demo since it was running on my desktop (will need to test that).

Here is the entry on Facebook (view in full screen to get better resolution – also turn the volume up) – IMDb Analysis with Microsoft Power BI.

PowerBI Facebook Demo

Action Item (please help and vote – Jan 20 thru 30)

Starting next week on Monday, January 20 the entries will be open for public voting.  I would appreciate all of the support you could provide (please vote, and pass it on to co-workers, family, relatives, family, etc.).  The voting will run through Thursday, January 30.  Then 10 out of the 61 entries will move on the semi-finals!  So I need all of the support you can provide.  Thanks so much!

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Installing Data Explorer Preview & Demo with IMDB Data

Posted by denglishbi on March 4, 2013

I can’t believe it has been over a year since I posted about Data Explorer in my post Installing Data Explorer Desktop Client.  That was covering the initial release of the client plugin that used the cloud based service from SQL Azure Labs.  Now there has been a considerable amount of work done and there is a public preview of the new COM Add-In you can download and use in Excel. 

Let’s take a look at the requirements:

Systems Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008

  • requires .NET 3.5 SP1 or greater
  • Office 2013 or Office 2010 SP1

You can download the 32 or 65-bit version of this from the Microsoft Office area – Download “Data Explorer”.

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Here you can see the download loading in Excel 2010.

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Here is the add-in being displayed in the ribbon along with the options that are available.

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Version: 1.0.3207.2 (published 2/25/2013)

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Now I am going to switch over to Office 2013 because once I get the data loaded into Excel I want to use Power View:)

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Every time I tried to install the .NET 3.5 framework feature on my Windows 8 machine as well as download and install it from the URL specified I kept receiving the message that it was not able to install and returned the error code 0x800F0906.  I did a little searching and came across this KB article from Microsoft:

Error codes when you try to install the .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

I mounted my Windows 8 software and ran the following command to install this feature:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:d:\sources\sxs

(where the ‘:d:’ is the drive letter for the Windows 8 media)

Here are the results of running this to get the framework installed from the command prompt:

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Once that was finally setup I was able to install the add-in and it was available to load in Excel 2013 (and I am using Office Professional Plus 2013).

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A little different experience for me with Excel 2013 instead of Excel 2010, I had to go into my COM Add-Ins and enable “Data Explorer”. Where as previously in Excel 2010 it was installed and enabled.

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Here is the ribbon layout in Excel 2013, same as in Excel 2010.

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For this example I am going to use the Get External Data->From Web option and tap into some information on the IMDB web site.

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IMDB Charts: IMDb Top 250 – http://www.imdb.com/chart/top?ref_=nb_mv_3_chttp

Here is what the web page looks like that I am going to extract data from:

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After I click apply the Query window opens and I can see what is available for me to access, in this case I am interested in Table 0.

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NOTE: it would have been super cool if the hyperlink URL reference that was on the web site for the movie titles was included in this table, unfortunately it was not, so that forced me to do a little more additional work later on to enrich my data for Power View.

I am going to right-click on the Title column and split the column into two since the year the movie was released is included.

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To split the column I am going to use a custom delimiter of a space and left parenthesis.

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Now you can see the new column that was created and I have two columns, Title.1 and Title.2

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Now I am going to cleanup the Title.2 column and replace the right parenthesis.

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I will replace the right parenthesis with nothing and apply that change.

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Now you can see the Title.2 column is cleaned up.

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I am going to quick browse the values just to verify this and wouldn’t you know, I found one more item that needs to be evaluated.

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I filtered for just the records with the 2011/I values and one record is displayed for “The Artist”.

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I take a quick look at that move on IMDB and I see that after the title there is that additional (I), so that must be causing the issue.

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So I will add another replace condition on the Title.2 column to cleanup that record and replace /I with nothing.

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The next thing I need to do is take a look at the Steps pane on the right-hand side and you can see the trail of steps that I have performed so far.  You can review them and in this case I am going to go back to the FilteredRows step and delete that step to remove the filter.

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I get a warning about deleting a step in my process letting me know that it could impact subsequent steps, but I am okay with that.

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Now we have my final dataset that I want to work with and this gets added into a new worksheet in Excel once I click Done in the Query window.

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Now with a little of additional work with help from some calls out to the Internet and VBA we can get some additional information about these movies and make a Power View report like this (I made some additional adjustments to the model in PowerPivot as well, but this is more about Data Explorer, so we will skip that side of things):

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The Rated ‘R’ movies have the most votes and you can see they have the top ranked moves as well by looking at the card layout.

By clicking on PG-13 in the bar chart in the middle we can filter the entire report – cards, summary data at top of report, as well as the column chart.

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Based on the top 250 ranked movies from IMDB we can see that the average PG-13 movie has a rating of 8.2 and “The Dark Knight” has the highest rating of 8.9 with over 900 thousand votes.

I tracked down one of my favorite movies, “The Matrix”, and it was ranked 19 with an overall 8.7 rating.

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We can also see down below that starting in the 60’s, the ‘R’ rated movies started to gain some traction and as the years go on those are the more favored movies, quite the difference compared with earlier decades where it was dominated by the ‘Approved’ rating, but maybe ‘R’ was not even a classification back then.  More than likely if we had some demographic information on the voters we would probably see some correlation with that as well.

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That is it for now, a quick preview of the install process as well as tapping into some data from a web URL, which in this example was IMDB.

You can check out some Getting Started, Tutorials, and How-to information here – Data Explorer Help.

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Installing Data Explorer Desktop Client

Posted by denglishbi on December 19, 2011

In this post I will go over the installation of the new “Data Explorer” client tool that is available to download as an Office plugin providing you the ability to launch the tool from within Excel.  Data Explorer is a new tool available in the SQL Azure Labs in the cloud that allows you to do some self-service ETL capabilities.  You can pull in your data from Excel, flat files, databases, the web, data feeds, etc. and then mash the data up as well.  Along with this Microsoft will also provide you additional data recommendations form the Azure Data Marketplace that might be of interest to integrate with your data and then you can publish the new set of data.  Once the new data is published you can consume it back into Excel using the Excel plugin and also make it available to others to consume as well.

So let’s take a look at the requirements for this new Excel plugin:

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista

  • .NET 3.5 SP1
  • Office 2010 SP1 or Office 2007

You can download the tool (32-bit or 64-bit) from the Microsoft Download Center here – SQL Azure Labs Codename “Data Explorer” Client (Labs Release)

Here is a quick walkthrough of the install process

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Once you have this installed you will see that this adds a new add-in to Excel called ‘Data Explorer Excel Add-In’:

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And this will add a new section in the ‘Data’ tab of the Excel Ribbon called ‘Data Explorer’ with two buttons, one opens the Data Explorer tool to create workspaces and work with data, and the other one allows you to connect so that you can consume data into Excel.

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The current version of the Data Explorer client is:

Version: 1.0.2755.2 (Release)

For more information check out the following sites:

Check out some of the postings by fellow SQL Server MVPs Jamie Thomson and Chris Webb as well:

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