**Market basket analysis**explains the combinations of products that frequently co-occur in transactions. For example, people who buy bread and eggs, also tend to buy butter as many of them are planning to make an omelette. Marketing team should target customers who buy bread and eggs with offers on butter, to encourage them to spend more on their shopping basket.

It is also known as"Affinity Analysis"or"Association Rule Mining".

**Basics of Market Basket Analysis (MBA)**

**Example**

In a retail shop 400 customers had visited in last month to buy products. It was observed that out of 400 customers, 200 of them bought Product A, 160 of them bought Product B and 100 of them buy both Product A and Product B; We can say 50% (200 out of 400) of the customer buy Product A, 40% (160 out of 400) customers buy Product B and 25% (100 out of 400) buy both Product A and B.

**1. Items (Products)****item set**(set of products).

**2. Support**

The support of a product or set of products is the fraction of transactions in our data set that contain that product or set of products.

- Support(Product A) = 50%
- Support(Product B) =40%
- Support(Product A and B) = 25%

**Practical Application -**

Support of a product or set of products implies the popularity of the product or set of products in the transaction set. Higher the support, more popular is the product or product bundle.

**3. Confidence**

Out of 200 customers who bought Product A, 100 bought Product B too.

Confidence (Product A, Product B) = 100/200 = 50%.

**It implies if someone buys Product A, they are 50% likely to buy Product B too.**

Formula - Confidence (A ==> B) = Support (A and B) / Support (A)

**Practical Application -**

It measures how often items in B appear in transactions that contain A.

**4. Lift**

If someone buys Product A, what % of chance of buying product B would increase.

A lift greater than 1 indicates that the presence of A has increased the probability that the product B will occur on this transaction.

A lift smaller than 1 indicates that the presence of A has decreased the probability that the product B will occur on this transaction

Formula- Lift (A ==> B) = Confidence (A ==> B) / Support (B)

**% increase of chance of buying other product(s) = (Lift - 1) * 100**

**A lift value of 1.25 implies that chance of buying product B (on the right hand side) would increase by 25%.**

**Practical Application -**

Lift indicates the strength of an association rule over the random co-occurrence of Item A and Item B, given their individual support. Lift provides information about the change in probability of Item A in presence of Item B.

**Drawback of Confidence**

Confidence does not measure if the association between A and B is random or not. Whereas, Lift measures the strength of association between two items.

**Association Rule:**

Bread => Butter

Prob(Butter) = 0.9

Confidence (Bread => Butter) = Prob(Butter

Lift(Bread => Butter) = 0.8333. It is less than 1, which means negative association between them.**|**Bread) = 0.75**Desired Outcome**

In market basket analysis, we pick rules with a lift of more than one because the presence of one product increases the probability of the other product(s) on the same transaction. Rules with higher confidence are ones where the probability of an item appearing on the RHS is high given the presence of the items on the LHS.

**Data Preparation**

**I. Continuous variables need to be binned / discretized**

dat$age2 = discretize(dat$age, method = "frequency", 3)

**II. Convert raw and demographic data to transaction class**

df <- data.frame(

age = as.factor(c(6, 6, 8, 8, NA, 9, 16)),

grade = as.factor(c("A", "C", "C", "C", "F", NA, "C")),

pass = c(TRUE, TRUE, TRUE, TRUE, FALSE, TRUE, TRUE))

## convert to transaction

trans3 <- as(df, "transactions")

summary(trans3)

inspect(trans3)

**Transactions Detail**

- 7 rows (elements/itemsets/transactions) and
- 8 columns (items) and a density of 0.3214286

*8 columns (items) - 8 Unique products or categories***Remove Unnecessary Rules**

When a rule (let's say rule A) is a super rule of another rule (rule B) and the rule A has the same or a lower lift, the former rule (rule A) is considered to be redundant.

Let's say two rules - {A,B,C} → {D} and {A,B} → {D}.

{A,B,C} → {D} is redundant as lift value of both the rules are almost same.

**Example -**milk => bread (12% support , 85% confidence, 1.2 lift)

milk, flavor = Chocolate => bread (1% support, 84% confidence, 1.15 lift)

In this case, we are not interested if some % of milk is chocolate milk as it contains fewer % of transactions.

**Sample Data**

Market Basket Analysis |

**Download Data Set**

**Output**

**Confidence value**of 1 indicates If someone buys Product N, they are 100% likely to buy Product D.

The

**support value**of 0.067 indicates that 6.7% of the transaction in the data involve Product N purchases. Hence the support indicates goodness of the choice of rule and confidence indicates the correctness of the rule.

**Confidence value**of 1 indicates If someone buys Product D and G, they are 100% likely to buy Product E. The support 0.2 indicates that 20% of the transaction in the data involve both Product D and G purchases. Hence the support indicates goodness of the choice of rule and confidence indicates the correctness of the rule.

- The number of rules generated: 354
- The distribution of rules by length: Most rules are 4 items long

**R Code : Market Basket Analysis**

# Read CSV data filemydata = read.csv("C:\\Users\\Deepanshu\\Desktop\\mba.csv")# See first 10 observationshead(mydata, n=10)# Split datadt <- split(mydata$Products, mydata$ID)# Loading arules packageif(!require(arules)) install.packages("arules")

# Convert data to transaction level

dt2 = as(dt,"transactions")

summary(dt2)

inspect(dt2)

# Most Frequent Items

itemFrequency(dt2, type = "relative")

itemFrequencyPlot(dt2,topN = 5)# aggregated datarules = apriori(dt2, parameter=list(support=0.005, confidence=0.8))rules = apriori(dt2, parameter=list(support=0.005, confidence=0.8, minlen = 3))rules = apriori(dt2, parameter=list(support=0.005, confidence=0.8, maxlen = 4))#Convert rules into data framerules3 = as(rules, "data.frame")write(rules, "C:\\Users\\Deepanshu\\Downloads\\rules.csv", sep=",")

# Show only particular product rulesinspect( subset( rules, subset = rhs %pin% "Product H" ))

# Show the top 10 rulesoptions(digits=2)inspect(rules[1:10])

# Get Summary Informationsummary(rules)

# Sort by Liftrules<-sort(rules, by="lift", decreasing=TRUE)# Remove Unnecessary Rulessubset.matrix <- is.subset(rules, rules)subset.matrix[lower.tri(subset.matrix, diag=T)] <- NAredundant <- colSums(subset.matrix, na.rm=T) >= 1which(redundant)

rules.pruned <- rules[!redundant]rules<-rules.pruned

#Clean Rules

rules3$rules=gsub("\\{", "", rules3$rules)

rules3$rules=gsub("\\}", "", rules3$rules)

rules3$rules=gsub("\"", "", rules3$rules)

#Split the rule

library(splitstackshape)

Rules4=cSplit(rules3, "rules","=>")

names(Rules4)[names(Rules4) == 'rules_1'] <- 'LHS'

Rules5=cSplit(Rules4, "LHS",",")

Rules6=subset(Rules5, select= -c(rules_2))

names(Rules6)[names(Rules6) == 'rules_3'] <- 'RHS'# What are customers likely to buy before they purchase "Product A"rules<-apriori(data=dt, parameter=list(supp=0.001,conf = 0.8),appearance = list(default="lhs",rhs="Product A"),control = list(verbose=F))rules<-sort(rules, decreasing=TRUE,by="confidence")inspect(rules[1:5])# What are customers likely to buy if they purchased "Product A"rules<-apriori(data=dt, parameter=list(supp=0.001,conf = 0.8),appearance = list(default="rhs",lhs="Product A"),control = list(verbose=F))rules<-sort(rules, decreasing=TRUE,by="confidence")inspect(rules[1:5])

Great Article!

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ReplyDeleteWhat is the use of %pin% in inspecting element code?

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ReplyDeleteThe file I outputted had no rules in it. Still trying to troubleshoot that one, otherwise insightful write up

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ReplyDeleteHi, what does LIFT indicate under the sub-heading OUTPUT?

ReplyDeleteThanks for the write-up. it'd be great if you could also explain on how to read and interpret the outputs.

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ReplyDeleteI am getting the below error when i run this code for my data

# Show the top 10 rules

options(digits=2)

inspect(rules[1:10])

Error in slot(x, s)[i] : subscript out of bounds

could you pls comment on this??

I'm getting the same error as well.

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