Customer Oriented Intelligent DSS Based on Two-Phased Clustering and Integrated Interval Type-2 fuzzy AHP and Hesitant Fuzzy TOPSIS

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Şenvar, Özlem
Yel, Necla

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IOS Press BV

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Firms need to integrate multiple business functions in order to acquire, analyze, model, and evaluate information necessary for better understanding customer behaviors and making data-driven decisions to enhance the customer experience journey. This study proposes a customer oriented intelligent decision support system (IDSS) to ultimately improve the customer experience journey. Besides, a real application study is handled for a multinational company located in Turkey, considering its abrasives product sales for years of 2017 and 2018. For the data utilized in application study, the proposed methodology is constructed for customer segmentation to develop appropriate data-driven marketing strategies for customers with similar values, preferences and other factors for creating customer-centric organizations. In this regard; firstly two-phased clustering process, which involves the hierarchical multivariate average linkage clustering algorithm and partitional k-means clustering algorithm, is used to present the number of clusters on the basis of three variables (expenditure, transaction and unit cost) and then to assign the customers to the related clusters (VIP, Platinum, Gold and Bronze), respectively. Secondly, the performances of company's departments are ranked according to the preferences of customers from each segment considering 4Ps marketing mix concept via integrated methodology of interval type-2 Fuzzy AHP and hesitant fuzzy TOPSIS.



Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS), Customer Experience Journey, Clustering, Fuzzy Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), Interval Type-2 fuzzy AHP, Hesitant Fuzzy TOPSIS


Senvar, O., Akburak, D., & Yel, N. (2020). Customer oriented intelligent DSS based on two-phased clustering and integrated interval type-2 fuzzy AHP and hesitant fuzzy TOPSIS. Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, 39(5), 6121-6143.