Online gambling to get safer through better prediction of addiction

A new ‘early warning’ system that automatically informs gamblers as soon as their behaviour shows signs of turning into an addiction is helping people engage in the pastime responsibly. The system pinpoints whether a player’s gambling patterns are exhibiting signs of risk and starting to match those of previous players who asked online gambling sites to block them, for a fixed period, to stop them becoming ‘hooked’ – an option known as ‘self-exclusion’. City University London has worked with software analytics company BetBuddy to enhance the accuracy of the computer models underpinning the system according to the very latest understanding of the psychological pathways to gambling addiction. The research was funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, under their Data Exploration programme supported by contributions from the RCUK Digital…


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