Organizations and business are overwhelmed by the flood of data continuously collected into their data warehouses and arriving from external sources – the Web above all. Traditional exploratory techniques may fail to make sense of the data, due to its inherent complexity and size. Data mining and knowledge discovery techniques emerged as an alternative approach, aimed at revealing patterns, rules and models hidden in the data, and at supporting the analytical user to develop descriptive and predictive models for a number of business problems. This short course focusses on the main applications scenarios of data mining to challenging problems in the broad CRM domain - Customer Relationship Management.
|01.||16.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Introduction to data mining and big data analytics||slides: intro slides: case studies||Pedreschi|
|02.||16.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Data understanding; data preparation; Knime tutorial||slides slides data understanding Tutorial Knime 01_titanic_data_understanding||Pedreschi, Guidotti|
|03.||17.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Clustering analysis & customer segmentation||slides clustering slides customer segmentation||Pedreschi|
|04.||17.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Clustering analysis: esercizi con Knime||02_titanic_clustering||Pedreschi, Giannotti, Guidotti|
|05.||18.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Pattern and association rule mining & market basket analysis||PatternMining-AR||Giannotti|
|06.||18.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Pattern and association rule mining: esercizi con Knime||03_titanic_pattern 04_coop_pattern||Giannotti, Guidotti|
|07.||19.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Classification & prediction||slides classification Visual Introduction to Classification with Decision Trees||Giannotti, Pedreschi, Guidotti|
|08.||19.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Classification & prediction: esercizi con Knime||05_titanic_classification||Pedreschi|
|09.||22.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Social network analysis: fundamentals||slides||Pedreschi|
|10.||22.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Prediction models for promotion performance and churn analysis||slides Survey of DM applications in CRM Mining changes in customer behavior in retail marketing||Giannotti, Guidotti|
|11.||23.05.2017 - 09:00-13:00||Mobility data mining & big data analytics||Giannotti|
|12.||23.05.2017 - 14:00-18:00||Big Data Analytics: Privacy awareness||Slides Privacy 06_class_mobility_mining.zip||Giannotti, Guidotti|
2. Telco Churn. (for details see http://didawiki.di.unipi.it/doku.php/dm/mains.santanna.dm4crm.2016)
Each group (2-3 people) is required to deliver a report (max 20 pages including all figures) describing the methods adopted and the discussion of the most interesting achieved results with reference to the tasks listed below. Assume that the report is targeted to a marketing strategist, who is interested to learn the story inferred in the various data mining analyses and to receive suggestions on how to take appropriate actions as a consequence.
1. Data Understanding: useful as a preliminary step to capture basic data property. Distribution analysis, statistical exploration, correlation analysis, suitable transformation of variables and elimination of redundant variables, management of missing values.
2. Pattern Mining Analysis. Problem: prepare data and extract interesting association rules and frequent patterns. The report should discuss the parameters used for the analyses, justifying your findings related to the most interesting rules according to the different measure introduced in the course.
3. Customer Segmentation. Problem: find a high-quality clustering using clustering algorithms and discuss the profile of each found cluster (in terms of the properties that describe the properties of the customers of each cluster). The report should illustrate the adopted clustering methodology and the cluster interpretation. In particular, in case of k-means, it is necessary to discuss the identification of the best value of k and the characterisation of the obtained clusters by using both analysis of the k centroids and comparison of the statistics of variables within the clusters with that in the whole dataset.
4. Classification Analysis. Problem: find a high-quality decision tree for predicting a feature of a customer. The report should illustrate the adopted classification methodology and the decision tree validation and interpretation, describing also the process adopted to select the proposed tree, together with its quality evaluation.
Deadline: send the report by email to all instructors within 23 June 2017. Specify [MAINS] in the subject of the email.
The exam consists in the evaluation of the report of the proposed mining exercises.