[Cross-posted at The Hackerati.]
Principal Component Analysis and Fashion
Our dataset is 807 pictures of dresses from Amazon. They have a standard image size, but unfortunately do not have a standard model pose (though they tend to be centered in the image similarly). Ideally, our principal components would only be about actual dress style, but here many of them will be concerned with model pose. Despite this, we can still do a lot with this data set.