A Generic Approach for Player Modeling Using Event-Trait Mapping Supported by PCA

M. Akif Gunes*, M. Fatih Kavum, Sanem Sariel

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Modeling players based on their in-game events is essential for predicting their future behaviors. Player modeling studies mostly target a specific game or genre. This makes it difficult to transfer existing methods from one game to another. In this study, we propose a generic event-trait mapping and unsupervised learning approach for player modeling that extends our earlier modeling method with Principal Component Analysis (PCA). We present a case study of this new approach on a dataset of ten thousand players of World of Warcraft (WoW), a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The base and the extended approaches are compared with an AutoEncoder (AE) based approach on this dataset. The methods generate clusters (persona) as mixtures of different character traits. The best results are obtained with the extended event-trait mapping approach for player modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer Games - 17th International Conference, ACG 2021, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsCameron Browne, Akihiro Kishimoto, Jonathan Schaeffer
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031114878
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event17th International Conference on Advances in Computer Games, ACG 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 23 Nov 202125 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13262 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th International Conference on Advances in Computer Games, ACG 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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A Generic Approach for Player Modeling Using Event-Trait Mapping Supported by PCA

FundersFunder number
Pancreatic Cancer Action


    • Event-Trait Mapping
    • PCA
    • Player Modeling
    • Player Profiling
    • World Of Warcraft


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