Presentation at SAS Analytics conference 2014
Predictive analytics has been applied to solve a wide range of real-world problems. Nevertheless, current state-of-the-art predictive analytics models are not well aligned with business needs since they don't include the real financial costs and benefits during the training and evaluation phases. Churn modeling does not yield the best results when it's measured by investment per subscriber on a loyalty campaign and the financial impact of failing to detect a churner versus wrongly predicting a non-churner. This presentation will show how using a cost-sensitive modeling approach leads to better results in terms of profitability and predictive power – and is applicable to many other business challenges.