Patterns of Individual Shopping Behavior

@article{Krumme2010PatternsOI,
  title={Patterns of Individual Shopping Behavior},
  author={Coco Krumme and Manuel Cebrian and Alex Pentland},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2010},
  volume={abs/1008.2556}
}
Much of economic theory is built on observations of aggregate, rather than individual, behavior. Here, we present novel findings on human shopping patterns at the resolution of a single purchase. Our results suggest that much of our seemingly elective activity is actually driven by simple routines. While the interleaving of shopping events creates randomness at the small scale, on the whole consumer behavior is largely predictable. We also examine income-dependent differences in how people shop… Expand
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