The performance of customer behavior models depends on both the predictive accuracy and the cost of incorrect predictions. Previous research showed that including context in the customer behavior models can improve the accuracy. Improving the accuracy does not necessarily mean that the misclassification cost decreases. The aim of this paper is to understand whether including context in a predictive model reduces the misclassification costs and in which conditions this happens. Experimental analyses were done by varying the market granularity, the dependent variable and the context granularity. The results show that context leads to a decrease in the misclassification cost when the unit of analysis is the single customer or the micro-segment. The exceptions may occur when the unit of analysis is a segment. These findings have significant implications for companies that have to decide whether to gather context and how to exploit it best when they build predictive models.
|Titolo:||The effect of context on misclassification costs in e-commerce applications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.eswa.2013.03.009|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|