Benchmarking data mining approaches for traveler segmentation

Tamer Uçar, Adem Karahoca

Abstract


The purpose of this study is proposing a hybrid data mining solution for traveler segmentation in tourism domain which can be used for planning user-oriented trips, arranging travel campaigns or similar services. Data set used in this work have been provided by a travel agency which contains flight and hotel bookings of travelers. Initially, the data set was prepared for running data mining algorithms. Then, various machine learning algorithms were benchmarked for performing accurate traveler segmentation and prediction tasks. Fuzzy C-means and X-means algorithms were applied for clustering user data. J48 and MLP algorithms were applied for classifying instances based on segmented user data. According to the findings of this study, J48 has the most effective classification results when applied on the data set which is clustered with X-means algorithm. The proposed hybrid data mining solution can be used by travel agencies to plan trip campaigns for similar travelers.

Keywords


Data Mining; Hybrid Data Mining Approach; Machine Learning Algorithms; Travel Planning



DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v11i1.pp%25p
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ISSN 2088-8708, e-ISSN 2722-2578