Mentor Pattern Identification from Product Usage Logs

23rd Pacific-Asia Conference on Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD)

Publication date: March 20, 2019

Ankur Garg, Aman Kharb, Yash H. Malviya, J. P. Sagar, Atanu R Sinha, Iftikhar Ahamath Burhanuddin, Sunav Choudhary

A typical software tool for solving complex problems tends to expose a rich set of features to its users. This creates challenges such as new users facing a steep onboarding experience and current users tending to use only a small fraction of the software’s features. This paper describes and solves an unsupervised mentor pattern identification problem from product usage logs for softening both challenges. The problem is formulated as identifying a set of users (mentors) that satisfies three mentor qualification metrics: (a) the mentor set is small, (b) every user is close to some mentor as per usage pattern, and (c) every feature has been used by some mentor. The proposed solution models the task as a non-convex variant of an Open image in new window regularized logistic regression problem and develops an alternating minimization style algorithm to solve it. Numerical experiments validate the necessity and effectiveness of mentor identification towards improving the performance of a k-NN based product feature recommendation system for a real-world dataset. Further, t-SNE visuals demonstrate that the proposed algorithm achieves a trade-off that is both quantitatively and qualitatively distinct from alternative approaches to mentor identification such as Maximum Marginal Relevance and K-means.

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