Predicting customer behaviour: The University of Melbourne’s KDD Cup report


Hugh Miller, Sandy Clarke, Stephen Lane, Andrew Lonie, David Lazaridis, Slave Petrovski, Owen Jones ;
Proceedings of KDD-Cup 2009 Competition, PMLR 7:45-55, 2009.


We discuss the challenges of the 2009 KDD Cup along with our ideas and methodologies for modelling the problem. The main stages included aggressive nonparametric feature selection, careful treatment of categorical variables and tuning a gradient boosting machine under Bernoulli loss with trees.

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