Analyzing the Evolution of Social Groups in World of Warcraft®

@article{Thurau2010AnalyzingTE,
  title={Analyzing the Evolution of Social Groups in World of Warcraft®},
  author={Christian Thurau and Christian Bauckhage},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games},
  year={2010},
  pages={170-177}
}
This paper investigates the evolution of social structures in the game WORLD OF WARCRAFT®. We analyze 192 million recordings of 18 million characters belonging to 1.4 million teams, spanning a period of 4 years. Using a recent matrix factorization method, we extract lower dimensional data embeddings. The embeddings provide intuitively interpretable categorizations and we find a tendency towards guilds comprised of casual gamers. To our knowledge, this is the first study considering such a vast… CONTINUE READING
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