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Automating Lead Scoring with Machine Learning: An Experimental Study

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Title:Automating Lead Scoring with Machine Learning: An Experimental Study
Authors:Nygård, Robert
Mezei, József
Keywords:Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics in Accounting, Finance and Management
lead scoring
machine learning
predictive analytics
random forests
Date Issued:07 Jan 2020
Abstract:Companies often gather a tremendous amount of data, such as browsing behavior, email activities and other contact data. This data can be the source of important competitive advantage by utilizing it in estimating a contact's purchase probability using predictive analytics. The calculated purchase probability can then be used by companies to solve different business problems, such as optimizing their sales processes. The purpose of this article is to study how machine learning can be used to perform lead scoring as a special application case of making use of purchase probability. Historical behavioral data is used as training data for the classification algorithm, and purchase moments are used to limit the behavioral data for the contacts that have purchased a product in the past. Different ways of aggregating time-series data are tested to ensure that limiting the activities for buyers does not result in model bias. The results suggest that it is possible to estimate the purchase probability of leads using supervised learning algorithms, such as random forest, and that it is possible to obtain business insights from the results using visual analytics
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/63916
ISBN:978-0-9981331-3-3
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2020.177
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics in Accounting, Finance and Management


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