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A Fuzzy Rule-based Learning Algorithm for Customer Churn Prediction

2016-07-17, Huang, Bingquan, Huang, Ying, Chen, Chong Cheng, Kechadi, Tahar

Customer churn has emerged as a critical issue for Customer Relationship Management and customer retention in the telecommunications industry, thus churn prediction is necessary and valuable to retain the customers and reduce the losses. Recently rule-based classification methods designed transparently interpreting the classification results are preferable in customer churn prediction. However most of rulebased learning algorithms designed with the assumption of well-balanced datasets, may provide unacceptable prediction results. This paper introduces a Fuzzy Association Rule-based Classification Learning Algorithm for customer churn prediction. The proposed algorithm adapts CAIM discretization algorithm to obtain fuzzy partitions, then searches a set of rules using an assessment method. The experiments were carried out to validate the proposed approach using the customer services dataset of Telecom. The experimental results show that the proposed approach can achieve acceptable prediction accuracy and efficient for churn prediction.