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Bioware, do you know the PVP map cycling is an issue right now?

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Bioware, do you know the PVP map cycling is an issue right now?
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RyanReagan
04.24.2013 , 11:23 AM | #61
Quote: Originally Posted by JonCrow View Post
Hey everyone,

We reviewed the data behind the Warzone queuing system in order to identify the recurrence of streaks of identical Warzones popping for players entering the system. If you assume a basic random Warzone assignment model you would have a 1 in 5 chance of repeating the same Warzone after queuing for any given Warzone. The probability of a streak of 3 identical Warzones using random assignment would be 0.2^2=0.04 or 4%. Again the probability of having a streak of 4 or more goes down precipitously.

We queried the data an examined the current streakiness of a random sample of players participating in Warzones currently and plotted the probability of certain streaks occurring against the random probabilistic model. The actual data is on par with basic random chance. Recent Warzone players have had a little over 15% chance of repeating the same Warzone compared to the assumed 20%, and subsequent streaks probabilities are also on par with random chance.

Does this mean that you won’t get a streak of the same Warzones? No! In fact, of the sample of 250,000 Warzones we examined, there were 35 streaks of 6, but this is truly the exception rather than the rule and it falls within the confines of the design model.

Also we examined the current trends of number of Warzone instances being generated by the system pre and post ROTHC launch and we have almost the identical number of Warzone instances being generated across Warzone types throughout the whole time frame. This helped confirm that, overall, there isn’t any one Warzone being “favored” over time.

However, we are still looking at ways to improve the design of the warzone matchmaking system in order to maximize the end user experience. Our designers are hard at work looking in details at ways to optimize the system in order to reduce further the likelihood of streaks occurring.

Thank you all for the comments on this topic. We appreciate your passion for the game and are glad to get constructive feedback. This allows us to investigate potential issues that we might not have caught otherwise. Keep the feedback coming.
So what you're saying is. You didn't bother to have someone queue up for an hour to tell you that yes, it is broken.

reminds me of a joke:
A mathematician, a physicist and a statistician went hunting for deer. When they chanced upon one buck lounging about, the mathematician fired first, missing the buck's nose by a few inches. The physicist then tried his hand, and missed the tail by a wee bit. The statistician started jumping up and down saying "We got him! We got him!"
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Glower
04.24.2013 , 11:55 AM | #62
Quote: Originally Posted by RyanReagan View Post
So what you're saying is. You didn't bother to have someone queue up for an hour to tell you that yes, it is broken.

reminds me of a joke:
A mathematician, a physicist and a statistician went hunting for deer. When they chanced upon one buck lounging about, the mathematician fired first, missing the buck's nose by a few inches. The physicist then tried his hand, and missed the tail by a wee bit. The statistician started jumping up and down saying "We got him! We got him!"
^this
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Glower
04.24.2013 , 12:00 PM | #63
Quote: Originally Posted by JonCrow View Post
Hey everyone,

We reviewed the data behind the Warzone queuing system in order to identify the recurrence of streaks of identical Warzones popping for players entering the system. If you assume a basic random Warzone assignment model you would have a 1 in 5 chance of repeating the same Warzone after queuing for any given Warzone. The probability of a streak of 3 identical Warzones using random assignment would be 0.2^2=0.04 or 4%. Again the probability of having a streak of 4 or more goes down precipitously.
So bioware thinks this is just bad luck... How about 5 same wz in a row? Or 6?
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stringcat
04.24.2013 , 12:06 PM | #64
Quote: Originally Posted by znihilist View Post
Seeing how big the WZ sample these streaks are not weird.
However, I have a question what is the RNG that you guys use ? Is it Mersenne Twistor ?
It's weird that everyone I know who PVPs is getting them, then .

Bioware ****ed up their math or their methodology, because it is in fact an issue. I queued for 9 warzones last night. 5 were Novare Coasts. My warzone order was: Novare, Novare, Novare, Voidstar, Novare (I skipped this one), Hypergates, Huttball, Huttball.

This is pretty typical.
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smellmop
04.24.2013 , 12:24 PM | #65
how about this for a fix: Release more new wz maps!, thus reducing the percentage of getting the same match in a row even more, or even not caring as much if you got a new map several times in a row because it is new.

I guess it just falls into what type of gamer you are:
playing cs_office, or de_dust over and over and over, or jumping on one of those servers with a map rotation of 1000 custom maps.

I know this might be a game breaker but sometimes if you can't find a solution to the problem, take a totally different approach. What if the metrics were collected and the next match would be decided based on how many of that map had been played on the server since last patch/reboot. example if RNG decided on Novare the programming would first check the variable collected on how many times that map had been played. So if the wheel in the sky landed on Novare it would check %novaretimesplayed% and compare to the other map variables. If the numbers where within 5% or so it would load Novare, if not then it would drop Novare out of the RNG and run the spin again ensuring that one map type was not excessively used.

Granted I'm not a programmer in the least so the above may be a terrible idea.
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TUXs
04.24.2013 , 12:28 PM | #66
Quote: Originally Posted by JonCrow View Post
Hey everyone,

We reviewed the data behind the Warzone queuing system in order to identify the recurrence of streaks of identical Warzones popping for players entering the system. If you assume a basic random Warzone assignment model you would have a 1 in 5 chance of repeating the same Warzone after queuing for any given Warzone. The probability of a streak of 3 identical Warzones using random assignment would be 0.2^2=0.04 or 4%. Again the probability of having a streak of 4 or more goes down precipitously.

We queried the data an examined the current streakiness of a random sample of players participating in Warzones currently and plotted the probability of certain streaks occurring against the random probabilistic model. The actual data is on par with basic random chance. Recent Warzone players have had a little over 15% chance of repeating the same Warzone compared to the assumed 20%, and subsequent streaks probabilities are also on par with random chance.

Does this mean that you won’t get a streak of the same Warzones? No! In fact, of the sample of 250,000 Warzones we examined, there were 35 streaks of 6, but this is truly the exception rather than the rule and it falls within the confines of the design model.

Also we examined the current trends of number of Warzone instances being generated by the system pre and post ROTHC launch and we have almost the identical number of Warzone instances being generated across Warzone types throughout the whole time frame. This helped confirm that, overall, there isn’t any one Warzone being “favored” over time.

However, we are still looking at ways to improve the design of the warzone matchmaking system in order to maximize the end user experience. Our designers are hard at work looking in details at ways to optimize the system in order to reduce further the likelihood of streaks occurring.

Thank you all for the comments on this topic. We appreciate your passion for the game and are glad to get constructive feedback. This allows us to investigate potential issues that we might not have caught otherwise. Keep the feedback coming.
Look again Jon...just last night my son and I, along with at least a few other Pubs, had Ancient Hypergates pop 3 times in a row. There's no chance this is suddenly "random" bad luck and to blame it as such is rather offensive to those of us who know it's a freaking bug and an issue that YOU need to fix.
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TheGreatFrosty
04.24.2013 , 12:29 PM | #67
This is just another hit against my confidence in Bioware. This is a problem. Everyone I know is experiencing this. It is since 2.0 only. On PTS it was a huge issue, and it was complained about in numerous threads, with the faint hope that it would be fixed in live.

Right now it is happening all day, everyday. There has to be something your metrics aren't telling you.

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Wainamoinen
04.24.2013 , 12:29 PM | #68
Quote: Originally Posted by stringcat View Post
My warzone order was: Novare, Novare, Novare, Voidstar, Novare (I skipped this one), Hypergates, Huttball, Huttball.

This is pretty typical.
That's not unlikely with a random generator. If you read the description of the investigation, it sounds pretty solid.

With a large population, some will get streaks. They'll be the ones who post in this thread. So posts about it don't confirm it.

Here's some probability for you before you decide you've seen evidence of a streak: you've got a 20% chance of getting the same warzone twice in a row, and if you get it twice you've a 36% chance of getting it again in the next two - if selection is random.

Maybe there is a bug that locks people into certain warzones - but given they checked a large number of people at random and shown no evidence, I doubt it. A thread that has only people posting WHO HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED A STREAK isn't proof that there is a bug. You'd need a selection starting from scratch and recording their warzone pops, then analysing whether the number of people with streaks is greater than expected (and that's why it's easier for Bioware to do it than us).

One possibly unrelated anecdote: I've occasionally done searches of how many people are in which warzones, and it's common to get multiple instances of some while others have none. Not proof of anything, but it made me wonder how which warzone comes up is decided and if it's truly random, or goes in cycles for everyone queueing at the same time.
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TUXs
04.24.2013 , 12:29 PM | #69
Quote: Originally Posted by RyanReagan View Post
So what you're saying is. You didn't bother to have someone queue up for an hour to tell you that yes, it is broken.

reminds me of a joke:
A mathematician, a physicist and a statistician went hunting for deer. When they chanced upon one buck lounging about, the mathematician fired first, missing the buck's nose by a few inches. The physicist then tried his hand, and missed the tail by a wee bit. The statistician started jumping up and down saying "We got him! We got him!"
LOVE that joke!!!! Absolutely applies in this situation of lazy investigation.
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Kilora
04.24.2013 , 12:36 PM | #70
So hold on.

They just explained, IN EXTREME DETAIL, some of the things they've done to check this out.

AND said they're continuing to look into it.

Strangely, I also didn't see anything that said this COULDN'T be a problem -- only that, one of the more obvious tests they've done showed otherwise.

Considering past track record, I'm nothing but excited about this response. Why? They're giving you what you asked -- detailed information on how they're looking into a bug.

THIS is why we don't get more info from them. You're unhappy with the information you're given, and start attacking them. Once again -- STILL looking into it. Maybe they could've worded this better -- but they aren't finished with investigating it. What MIGHT help is for someone to take initiative, ex:

Write down the times you enter a WZ and what WZ it is (Server Time). Locate any strings of more than 2, or any string that is back-to-back strings. Post it up here on the forums with that information, as well as character level (more, what bracket) and what server you're on.

They're always going to be MORE likely to look into something we perceive as a bug, if you can show them "proof" or "evidence" that something is wonky.

Also -- I apologize for not grabbing this information myself, but I haven't encountered this issue. Might be that I don't queue up for WZs non-stop -- so I don't really get to see it.

Hopefully some additional data being handed over from the playerbase will get more attention, and help to get it fixed faster.