Language in title.akas.tsv

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Hi,

This question concerns the AKA titles available among the free datasets on https://datasets.imdbws.com/ and namely title.akas.tsv.gz

The table has a language column, where most values are null (/N) but some are occasionnally populated.
Since there is no language to capture when alternative titles are entered, I am just wondering how language values come to be occasionnally present in the table.

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Posted 11 months ago

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Hi Vincent,

You do select the language if you select an AKA for certain countries, see below. We can also set them internally for any country which may explain why these are listed in the datasets.



I hope this helps.

Regards,
Will
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Thanks for your feedback Will.
That make good sense, I had kind of noticed the values are present for a limited type of occurrences (Russia/russian, Bulgaria/bulgarian, Turkey/turkish, Canada, Belgium...)

Sometimes, I wish we could enter the language of the title (a lot of titles in English are exploited in France). But, well, there are more urgent things to improve... !
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The "language" is a little bit misleading here, the "language" of the text itself doesn't matter, it's how that title is known to that speaking audience. See below. 

Our goal at IMDb is to be able to represent to any customer in any locale (speaking language and country) what a title is known as.

For example, "Black Panther" is known in Germany as "Black Panther" to a German speaking audience, regardless of the text being in English. Similarly, "Das Boot" is known in the USA as "Das Boot" to an English speaking audience, regardless of the text being in German.


The main imdb display title for a country should reflect what title the movie/tv show is primarily known as to the locale (speaking language and country) of choice.

I hope that helps explain it.
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Is there any key to the language codes in the title.akas.tsv files?
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What do you mean by "key"?
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Hi, Carrot:

Perhaps this is what you're looking for:



Cheers!
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Yes, that's exactly what I was looking for, thank you!
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ljdoncel, IMDb's stat wizard :)
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Hahaha, just an apprentice... Merci, Vincent!