Behavioral Modeling for Churn Prediction: Early Indicators and Accurate Predictors of Custom Defection and Loyalty

Abstract

Churn prediction, or the task of identifying customers who are likely to discontinue use of a service, is an important and lucrative concern of firms in many different industries. As these firms collect an increasing amount of large-scale, heterogeneous data on the characteristics and behaviors of customers, new methods become possible for predicting churn. In this paper, we present a unified analytic framework for detecting the early warning signs of churn, and assigning a "Churn Score" to each customer that indicates the likelihood that the particular individual will churn within a predefined amount of time. This framework employs a brute force approach to feature engineering, then winnows the set of relevant attributes via feature selection, before feeding the final feature-set into a suite of supervised learning algorithms. Using several terabytes of data from a large mobile phone network, our method identifies several intuitive - and a few surprising - early warning signs of churn, and our best model predicts whether a subscriber will churn with 89.4% accuracy.

DOI: 10.1109/BigDataCongress.2015.107

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@article{Khan2015BehavioralMF, title={Behavioral Modeling for Churn Prediction: Early Indicators and Accurate Predictors of Custom Defection and Loyalty}, author={Muhammad Raza Khan and Joshua Manoj and Anikate Singh and Joshua Evan Blumenstock}, journal={2015 IEEE International Congress on Big Data}, year={2015}, pages={677-680} }