Section: New Results
Purchase Signatures of Retail Customers
Participants : Clément Gautrais, Peggy Cellier [SemLis] , Thomas Guyet, René Quiniou, Alexandre Termier.
In the retail context, there is an increasing need for understanding individual customer behavior in order to personalize marketing actions. We propose the novel concept of customer signature, that identifies a set of important products that the customer refills regularly . Both the set of products and the refilling time periods give new insights on the customer behavior. Our approach is inspired by methods from the domain of sequence segmentation, thus benefiting from efficient exact and approximate algorithms. Experiments on a real massive retail dataset show the applicability of the signatures for understanding individual customers.