I want to collect data from zkillboard using their stat API for a university project that would cluster players according to their behavior based on what types of ships they kill/lose, where, when, etc. The goal is to let students assess, whether Radoff’s motivational player types apply in EVE by having them cluster according to ships lost by type, ships destroyed, secStatus, etc.
However, to get information about a player in the API, I need to know their ID, and this is proving rather difficult so far. I haven’t come across a way to obtain character IDs that I could use, and the only piece of information that helped me further was what kind of range EVE character IDs are in:
But, I can’t just brute-force try every single possible ID, because the API does not allow for what seems to be around a few hundred requests per hour. Using this method, it would take years if not decades to gather the needed information. So my question is, is there a possibility to get my hands on character IDs anywhere? I don’t need the names of characters, because they aren’t used anyway and as for the amount, something around 10k-50k should be enough to achieve statistical significance.
Also, if there are (legal) issues with this, please let me know!