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Game-Miners Grapple With Massive Data

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Science  01 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6000, pp. 30-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6000.30-a

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Because players' interactions are automatically recorded in World of Warcraft and many similar virtual worlds, researchers can use these massively multiplayer online games as natural laboratories. But the data are a challenge to interpret. At the meeting, a computer scientist presented results obtained using a mathematical tool called archetype analysis, developed in the 1990s for physics and economics research, which works by identifying the most extreme data points and describes the rest as combinations of these archetypes.