Improving Purchase Behavior Prediction with Most Popular Items

Chen CHEN  Jiakun XIAO  Chunyan HOU  Xiaojie YUAN  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E100-D   No.2   pp.367-370
Publication Date: 2017/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Data Engineering, Web Information Systems
Keyword: 
recommender system,  behavior analysis,  prediction,  e-commerce,  session,  

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Summary: 
Purchase behavior prediction is one of the most important issues to promote both e-commerce companies' sales and the consumers' satisfaction. The prediction usually uses features based on the statistics of items. This kind of features can lead to the loss of detailed information of items. While all items are included, a large number of features has the negative impact on the efficiency of learning the predictive model. In this study, we propose to use the most popular items for improving the prediction. Experiments on the real-world dataset have demonstrated the effectiveness and the efficiency of our proposed method. We also analyze the reason for the performance of the most popular items. In addition, our work also reveals if interactions among most popular items are taken into account, the further significant improvement can be achieved. One possible explanation is that online retailers usually use a variety of sales promotion methods and the interactions can help to predict the purchase behavior.