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We've all seen them--scroll down on a game page, and you'll see a list of games BGG thinks that "you might also enjoy". Most of the time, they'll be very weak (unless you're looking at a wargame), sometimes they'll be useful, sometimes they'll be quirky. Often, they'll be other games in the same series or by the same designer.

What I wanted to know was, are there any sort of trends in these recommendations? Does the system recommend some games more than others? Are the games recommended most often the popular games one might expect?

I went through the top 50 games on BGG (by rating), and made a list of all of the games that appeared in the game recommendations sections. This list is a compilation of the number of times each game gets listed in the recommendations. I thought the results were pretty surprising.
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1. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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2. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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3. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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4. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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6. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:217]
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7. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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8. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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9. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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10. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
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11. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:968]
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12. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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13. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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14. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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15. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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16. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:554]
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17. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:528]
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18. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:505]
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19. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:330]
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20. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:498]
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21. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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22. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:189]
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23. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:689]
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24. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:418]
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