DATA STUFF - EP. 2: SPATIAL ANALYSIS
Emily Grimes, Masters student in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Oklahoma, conducted for her practicum a spatial analysis on data from the previous version of TUG (same dataset as studied here: http://forum.nerdkingdom.com/discussion/2935/data-stuff-ep-1-first-behavioral-analysis).
"A majority of spatial analyses of game player data is done for the purposes of making visualizations, such as maps or trajectory analyses. [...] Trajectory analysis involves laying the path of a player into the context of the (typically) 3D environment of a game so that designers and researchers can trace that path through the game space. There are times when being able to visualize barriers to game flow is helpful in identifying sources of player frustration that can be detrimental to player engagement." - Emily Grimes.
You can find a summary of this fundamental spatial analysis on her website: http://ekg.space/TUG_Spatial-Analysis.html. Results indicate that deeper analyses may offer invaluable information for the designers as stated above, or for predictive purposes as well (e.g. how likely a process will occur in a specific place).