Using Multistage Competing Risks Approaches to Model Web Page Transitions

Patrick Mair, Horst Treiblmaier, Paul Benjamin Lowry

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Survival analysis is increasingly used in social science research, and is experiencing a renewal in systems-related research. Here, we present competing risks models, and show how dwell times can be applied to predict users’ online behavior. Unlike Markov chain approaches, survival analysis does not assume independence over time, and it allows for the inclusion of dwell times and covariates that may influence users’ navigation behavior. We model transitions between pages based upon the dwell time of the initial state and then analyze data from a web shop, illustrating how pages that are linked “compete” against each other. The results show significant differences in transition behavior between buyers and non-buyers, which allow organizations to identify potential customers dynamically online. We estimate relative risks for web page transitions based on the dwell time within a clickstream. Our method allows researchers and practitioners to perform clickstream analysis in a detailed manner not previously possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Retail Futures Conference
PublisherOxford Retail Futures Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventOxford Retail Futures Conference 2013 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Dec 201310 Dec 2013


ConferenceOxford Retail Futures Conference 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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