3.11. Graph-Based Data Mining for Player Trace Analysis in MMORPGs by Adam Lake

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Chapter 3.11. Graph-Based Data Mining for Player Trace Analysis in MMORPGs

Nikhil S. Ketkar and G. Michael Youngblood

In this gem we will present techniques for analyzing player trace data in massively multiplayer role-playing games (MMORPGs). As MMORPGs become increasingly popular, with the number of subscribers going into the millions, an MMORPG provider is faced with a number of technical and business questions. For instance, how do you place an advertisement in MMORPGs, or how do you detect cheating in the form of bots and gold farmers? We observe that these and a lot of other such questions can be answered by analyzing player traces (graph representations of the player’s movement in the world), but most traditional approaches in machine learning ...

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