I'll admit -- I've never really understood the appeal of the show, _The Bachelor_. Contrived interactions, fake relationships, all filmed on camera. However, during the last season, I would have the show playing in the background while preparing dinner. After watching all the fanfare and the dramatics, it led me to wonder if we can just skip all of the charades. What if it was just about appearances, and the Bachelor might be appealing to much simpler senses. Perhaps there is a special "look" shared across all Bachelor Winners unwittingly pulling at his heartstrings?
1. Can we predict the winner of _The Bachelor_ solely on facial appearances?
2. What might the winner of the _The Bachelor_ look like generally speaking?
The Data and Conclusions
Before jumping to any conclusions, I want to acknowledge that this isn't the best designed data science experiment. We need to make some rather bold assumptions that I will discuss in the technical sections below. Generally speaking, the approach was to take a set of face images for previous Bachelor Winners and Non Winners. We would then use a Convolutional Neural Network to extract embeddings for both sets ...Click to Read More