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TITLE Data Mining and Game Analytics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Digital Games

DESCRIPTION The primary goal of the study-unit is to revisit the field of game artificial intelligence (AI) and introduce non-traditional uses of AI in games. A short introduction will be given on AI areas that are currently reshaping the game AI research and development roadmap including procedural content generation, player experience modeling, and AI-based game design. The primary focus of the unit will be on game analytics and game data mining. Emphasis will be given on state-of-the-art data analytics/mining algorithms and methods for improving the gameplay experience and game development procedures.

The topics covered include:

- Revisiting game artificial intelligence. The role of game analytics;
- Basic data analysis, data preprocessing and descriptive statistics;
- Classification and prediction;
- Clustering;
- Sequence Mining;
- Advanced Data Mining Techniques;
- Data Visualization;
- Industrial game analytics - problems and needs.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of the unit are as follows:
- Introduction to the theory and implementation of game analytics and game data mining algorithms;
- Uses of artificial and computational intelligence for mining data in games.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe and theorize on the algorithms and domains covered in class;
- Identify tasks that can be tackled through game data mining techniques and select the appropriate technique for the problem under investigation;
- Compare the performance of different game data mining algorithms and reflect on their suitability for game AI development.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Design and implement efficient and robust game data mining algorithms;
- Work efficiently in groups and evaluate the algorithms in data derived from commercial-standard game productions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A. Drachen, C. Thurau, J. Togelius, G. N. Yannakakis, and C. Bauckhage, “Game Data Mining,” in Seif El-Nasr et al. (Eds.) Game Analytics — Maximizing the Value of Player Data, pp. 205-253, 2013. Springer London.

Various online articles and textbook chapters provided by the lecturer.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Bachelor's in Engineering/CS or related fields; Object-oriented programming

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Project and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (10 Minutes) Yes 10%
Oral Examination (20 Minutes) Yes 40%
Report Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Georgios N. Yannakakis

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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