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Customer Interaction Patterns in Electronic Commerce: Maximizing Information Liquidity for Adaptive Decision Making

Authors: Dhar, Vasant
Sundararajan, Arun
Issue Date: Nov-1999
Publisher: Stern School of Business, New York University
Series/Report no.: IS-99-17
Abstract: Electronic commerce is resulting in unprecedented amounts of transaction and behavior data that are available to organizations. The emerging bottleneck is that of converting this data into useful information, or that of maximizing the information liquidity - the rate at which organizations are able to transform the inherent information in a data set into an economically valuable action. We describe how to overcome this bottleneck, by presenting a model for maximizing information liquidity in electronic commerce. Our model is usable in a variety of situations. Specifically, when a large amount of transaction data already exists, the model is able to exploit this data to generate rules describing preferences that can be used to classify behaviors, and to subsequently map behaviors of non-customers into known ones. Alternatively, where the predominant data available are about behaviors, the model can be used to cluster these behaviors and combine the resulting clusters with available transaction data to generate rules describing preferences. In both cases, the central question addressed is "when do I have enough information to make a meaningful offer?” Acting too early can result in inappropriate offers, while acting too late can result in missed opportunities. Good information and timing are therefore critical; the model in this paper is a first step in this direction.
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