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Title: Domain knowledge integration in data mining using decision tables: case studies in churn prediction
Authors: Lima, E. ×
Mues, Christophe
Baesens, Bart #
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Publisher: Published by Pergamon Press for Operational Research Society
Series Title: Journal of the Operational research society vol:60 issue:8 pages:1096-1106
Abstract: Companies’ interest in customer relationship modelling and key issues such as customer lifetime value and churn has substantially increased over the years. However, the complexity of building, interpreting and applying these models creates obstacles for their implementation. The main contribution of this paper is to show how domain knowledge can be incorporated in the data mining process for churn prediction, viz. through the evaluation of coefficient signs in a logistic regression model, and secondly, by analysing a decision table (DT) extracted from a decision tree or rule-based classifier. An algorithm to check DTs for violations of monotonicity constraints is presented, which involves the repeated application of condition reordering and table contraction to detect counter-intuitive patterns. Both approaches are applied to two telecom data sets to empirically demonstrate how domain knowledge can be used to ensure the interpretability of the resulting models.
ISSN: 0160-5682
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center for Management Informatics (LIRIS), Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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