Predictive Analytics

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The use of data to forecast future trends and occurrences is known as predictive analytics. It forecasts prospective situations based on previous data, which may assist drive strategic decisions.

Predictions might be for the near future (for example, anticipating the breakdown of a piece of machinery later that day) or for the far future (for example, projecting our company’s cash flows for the forthcoming year).

Predictive analysis can be done manually or with the help of machine-learning algorithms. In either case, previous data is utilized to develop future predictions.

Regression analysis is a predictive analytics approach that may discover the link between two variables (single linear regression) or three or more variables (multiple linear regression) (multiple regression). The correlations between variables are expressed mathematically as a mathematical equation that may be used to predict the outcome should one variable change. 

“Regression allows us to gain insights into the structure of that relationship and provides measures of how well the data fit that relationship,” says Harvard Business School Professor Jan Hammond, who teaches Business Analytics, one of three courses that comprise the Credential of Readiness (CORe) programme. “Such insights can be tremendously beneficial in evaluating past trends and making projections.”Forecasting may help us make better decisions and develop data-driven initiatives.

Today’s Big Data Trends represent predictive analytics, and its instruments are basically Big Data Technologies. Predictive analytics software market demand corresponds to a closely similar toolset, Big Data Analytics Tools.

Predictive analytics is commonly used for, but not limited to, the following purposes:

  • Marketing campaign optimization is used to determine customer responses to marketing campaigns or buying patterns.
  • Improving operations to better manage inventories and other resources, or setting service rates depending on factors such as seasonality.
  • Detection of fraud. Analytics can monitor activities and detect unexpected or out-of-the-ordinary client behavior in real-time.
  • Reduce risk. Merchants, such as auto dealerships, increasingly consider more than simply a credit score when deciding whether to authorize a loan. They also consider things like insurance claims and driving records to determine if the buyer is a risk. 

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Examples Of Predictive Analytics

Here are a few instances where predictive analytics can be put to use.

Retail

Retail, the most likely industry to adopt predictive analytics, is continuously striving to strengthen its sales position and develop stronger relationships with customers. Amazon’s suggestions are one of the most common instances. When you make a purchase, it displays a list of other comparable things purchased by other purchasers.

Much of this is done before the sale, with things like sales forecasting and market analysis, customer segmentation, business model changes, IT alignment to business units, inventory management to account for seasonality, and selecting the optimal retail locations. However, it also acts post-sale, reducing returns, enticing customers to return, and extending warranty sales.

Health

Google Flu Trends was an early effort at this (GFT). Google planned to forecast flu trends by collecting millions of users’ health tracking activities online and comparing them to a historic baseline level of influenza activity for a comparable location. However, its figures proved to be greatly exaggerated as a result of inaccurate information provided by users.

However, there are additional applications, such as anticipating epidemics or public health crises based on the likelihood of a person suffering from the same condition again. Or estimating the likelihood that a person with a known disease may end up in Intensive Care as a result of changes in environmental factors. It can also predict when and why patients are readmitted, as well as when a patient requires mental health treatment.

Sports

Bing Predicts, a prediction system developed by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, is the most well-known example. It has scored in the 80th percentile in singing competitions like American Idol, in the upper 90s in House and Senate races in the United States, and went 15 for 15 in the 2014 World Cup. It bases its judgements on data and social media reaction.

Another example is “Moneyball,” which is based on a book about how the Oakland Athletics baseball club used analytics and evidence-based statistics to build a competitive squad. It abandoned established predictors of success, such as runs batted in, in favor of new ones, such as on-base percentage. It propelled the Athletics to two straight playoff appearances.

Weather

Weather forecasting has improved dramatically as a result of predictive analytics techniques. Today’s five-day prediction is as accurate as a 1980s one-day forecast. Forecasts of up to nine to ten days are now possible, and 72-hour projections of hurricane courses are more accurate than 24-hour forecasts from 40 years ago.

The catastrophic arctic vortex that lowered temperatures to -50 degrees Fahrenheit in Wisconsin and Minnesota was forecasted many days in advance. Satellites that monitor the land and atmosphere are responsible for all of this. They use this information into models that better depict our atmospheric and physical systems.

Insurance/Risk Evaluation

Despite some terrible events in 2017, insurance companies were able to keep losses below risk tolerances because of predictive analytics. It aided them in setting competitive insurance premiums, analyzing and estimating future losses, detecting fraudulent claims, planning marketing efforts, and providing greater insights into risk selection.

Financial Planning and Analysis

Predictive modeling for financial services aids in the optimization of overall business strategy, revenue creation, resource optimization, and sales generation. Automated financial services analytics can enable organizations to run dozens of models concurrently and give findings faster than conventional modeling.

This is accomplished by the analysis of strategic business investments, the improvement of everyday operations, the growth of productivity, and the prediction of changes in the existing and future markets. The credit scoring system used to approve or refuse loans, typically within minutes, is the most common kind of predictive analytics in financial services.

Energy

Energy analytics in power plants may assist decrease unexpected equipment failures by forecasting when a component will break, lowering maintenance costs and increasing power availability.

Utilities may also estimate when clients will receive a huge bill and send out customer notifications to warn them if they are likely to receive a large bill that month. Smart meters enabled utilities to notify consumers of surges at specific times of day, assisting them in determining when to reduce power use.

Analysis of Social Media

Online social media is a major revolution in how information is created, particularly in the corporate world. Tracking user comments on social media platforms provides businesses with fast feedback and the opportunity to reply promptly.

Nothing makes a local company leap like a nasty Yelp review, or a retailer respond like a negative Amazon review. This entails gathering and sifting through huge volumes of social media data, as well as developing the appropriate algorithms to extract usable data.

Monitoring and Alerting

This includes a wide range of topics. Modern vehicles contain more than 100 sensors, and some are fast reaching 200 sensors, just in mobility. This provides far more accurate information than the old-fashioned Check Engine light.

Modern airplanes contain about 6,000 sensors that generate more than 2TB of data per day, which cannot be examined efficiently by humans. Machine learning may assist identify failures long before they occur by recognising typical behavior as well as warning indications.

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The Internet of Things (IoT)

According to IDC, less than 1% of data created now is being evaluated, and this torrent will only grow as more IoT devices, such as smart automobiles, come online.

Predictive analytics is required to assist filter through what is coming in, weeding out worthless data and locating what is required to take sensible actions. In one case, Cisco and Rockwell Automation assisted a Japanese automation equipment manufacturer in reducing production robot downtime to near zero by using predictive analytics to operational data.

Hospitality and entertainment

Caesars Entertainment’s use of predictive analytics to assess venue staffing demands at certain periods is one example examined in Business Analytics.

Customer inflow and outflow in entertainment and hospitality are affected by a variety of factors, all of which influence how many staff members a venue or hotel needs at any particular moment. Overstaffing is expensive, while understaffing may result in a poor customer experience, overworked personnel, and costly blunders.

A team created a multivariate regression model that took into account numerous characteristics to forecast the number of hotel check-ins on a particular day. This technique allowed Caesars to staff its hotels and casinos to the best of its capacity while avoiding overstaffing.

Behavioral Targeting in Marketing

Consumer data is plentiful in marketing and is used to produce content, promotions, and tactics to better contact potential consumers where they are. Predictive analytics is the process of analyzing previous behavioral data and applying it to anticipate what will happen in the future.

In marketing, predictive analytics may be used to estimate sales trends at various periods of the year and design campaigns accordingly.

Furthermore, previous behavioral data can assist you in predicting a lead’s chance of progressing down the funnel from awareness to purchase. For example, we might use a single linear regression model to conclude that the amount of content offerings a lead engages with predicts their chance of converting to a customer with a statistically significant degree of certainty.

Manufacturing: Preventing Errors

While the examples above employ predictive analytics to take action based on anticipated scenarios, predictive analytics may also be used to avoid undesirable or dangerous circumstances from occurring. In the manufacturing industry, for example, algorithms may be taught using past data to precisely forecast when a piece of machinery would likely fail.

When the requirements for an impending malfunction are satisfied, the algorithm alerts an employee, who may then stop the machine, possibly saving the corporation thousands, if not millions, of dollars in damaged goods and repair expenses. This methodology forecasts failure possibilities in real time rather than months or years in advance.

Some algorithms even suggest adjustments and changes to avoid future failures and enhance efficiency, saving time, money and effort. This is an example of predictive analytics; more often than not, one or more types of analytics are used in tandem to solve a problem. 

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Hindol Basu 
GM, Voxco Intelligence

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