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Analysis of E-Commerce Product Graphs

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posted on 2020-08-18, 07:00 authored by Shalin ShahShalin Shah

Consumer behavior in retail stores gives rise to product graphs based on copurchasing

or co-viewing behavior. These product graphs can be analyzed using

the known methods of graph analysis. In this paper, we analyze the product graph

at Target Corporation based on the Erd˝os-Renyi random graph model. In particular,

we compute clustering coefficients of actual and random graphs, and we find that

the clustering coefficients of actual graphs are much higher than random graphs.

We conduct the analysis on the entire set of products and also on a per category

basis and find interesting results. We also compute the degree distribution and

we find that the degree distribution is a power law as expected from real world

networks, contrasting with the ER random graph.


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  • United States of America

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