Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021

Department

Statistics

First Major Professor

Zhengyuan Zhu

Degree(s)

Master of Science (MS)

Major(s)

Statistics

Abstract

Defense of the Ancients 2, better known as Dota 2 or just Dota, is a popular eSport video game known for both its learning curve and high skill ceiling. Its professional players are the highest paid out of any video game and prize winnings from single tournaments in Dota 2 are equivalent to years of competition in other eSports. Paired with this, interest from casual players in high-level strategies has been rapidly increasing – as seen by the growing number of educational media sources (Twitch live streams and YouTube channels) and professional players offering paid coaching sessions. This study utilizes a uniquely constructed dataset and feature space to look at the first 20 minutes of the highest skill games in the world and predict the eventual winner. Additionally, we look to identify the features that contribute most to a strong prediction in hopes of advancing the public knowledge of statistically optimal strategies.

Copyright Owner

Boyle, Tanner

File Format

PDF

Embargo Period (admin only)

7-27-2021

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