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Project: Investigating Netflix Movies
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  • Netflix! What started in 1997 as a DVD rental service has since exploded into one of the largest entertainment and media companies.

    Given the large number of movies and series available on the platform, it is a perfect opportunity to flex your exploratory data analysis skills and dive into the entertainment industry. Our friend has also been brushing up on their Python skills and has taken a first crack at a CSV file containing Netflix data. They believe that the average duration of movies has been declining. Using your friends initial research, you'll delve into the Netflix data to see if you can determine whether movie lengths are actually getting shorter and explain some of the contributing factors, if any.

    You have been supplied with the dataset netflix_data.csv , along with the following table detailing the column names and descriptions. This data does contain null values and some outliers, but handling these is out of scope for the project. Feel free to experiment after submitting!

    The data


    show_idThe ID of the show
    typeType of show
    titleTitle of the show
    directorDirector of the show
    castCast of the show
    countryCountry of origin
    date_addedDate added to Netflix
    release_yearYear of Netflix release
    durationDuration of the show in minutes
    descriptionDescription of the show
    genreShow genre

    Load the CSV file and store as netflix_df

    # Importing pandas and matplotlib
    import pandas as pd
    import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
    # Start coding!
    netflix_df = pd.read_csv("netflix_data.csv")

    Filter the data to remove TV shows and store as netflix_subset.

    netflix_subset = netflix_df[netflix_df["type"] == "Movie"]
    netflix_movies= netflix_subset[["title", "country", "genre", "release_year", "duration"]]

    Filter netflix_movies to find the movies that are strictly shorter than 60 minutes, saving the resulting DataFrame as short_movies

    short_movies = netflix_movies[netflix_movies.duration < 60]

    Assign colors of your choice to four genre groups

    colors = []
    for label, row in netflix_movies.iterrows():
        if row['genre'] == "Children":
        elif row['genre'] == "Documentaries":
        elif row["genre"] == "Stand-Up":

    Plot the movie duration by year using the genre colors created

    fig = plt.figure(figsize=(12,8))
    plt.scatter(netflix_movies.release_year, netflix_movies.duration, c=colors)
    plt.xlabel("Release year")
    plt.ylabel("Duration (min)")
    plt.title("Movie Duration by Year of Release")
    answer = "no"