Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Board Game Geek Correlations and "mathematical" trade lists

In similar motivation to my other
recent boardgamegeek features
, I finally got around to adding
statistically correlated game recommendations. For example, if you
look at the page for href=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/12>Ra, you can see in the
"Related Statistics" block it recommends Traumfabrik. Further, if you
click on the little "i" there, you href=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/correlated.php3?gameid=12>can
see that it has a number of weaker suggestions including "Louis
XIV", "Samurai" and "Geschenkt". I posted some details href=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthread&threadid=73248>in
a thread on the geek.

Additionally, I've become intrigued by the complex but powerful
"matematical" or "no-risk" trade lists that have appeared on the geek.
They are much more complex to moderate than the "ultimate" trade
lists, but not really any harder to participate. However, they seem
to have a much higher success rate; the lists result in successful
trades at a much higher rate. In an effort to simplify the
administration of such a list I created a href=http://mkgray.com:8000/cgi/norisktrade>Mathematical/No-risk Trade
Resolution Tool. The href=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=9416>first
list to use this is active on the geek currently, though it closes
for new submissions tonight. It's very amusing and pleasing to me to
see this kind of quite complex, but effective construct actually used..

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