What is Advanced Analytics?
Advanced analytics describes data analysis that goes steps ahead than simple mathematical calculations such as sums and averages or sorting and filtering. Advanced analytics leverages statistical and mathematical formulas and algorithms to recognize patterns, generate new information, and to forecast outcomes and their respective probabilities. It can be applied to several cases, ranging from the prevention of contract termination, classic customer value and success forecasts, or sales, price, and demand forecasts to new tasks such as the machine failure prediction, monitoring of social media and evaluation, and predictive policing. Advanced analytics enables both innovation and optimization. It has the potential to improve existing processes.
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What are the Different Advanced Analytics Techniques?
In advanced analytics, “advanced” refers to quantitative methods such as algorithms, statistics, and stochastic processes. All the advanced analytics techniques are not predictive, but they are future-oriented as the core idea of the techniques is to support data-driven decisions in the future. Furthermore, the advanced analytics techniques can be categorized into three functions:
The descriptive analysis focuses on understanding an underlying process or phenomenon. The descriptive analysis has the potential to answer questions such as, “Which products do consumers usually purchase together?” or “What are the typical characteristics of customers who tend to churn?”
The predictive analysis aims at studying hidden relationships between factors and outcomes. The data derived is then used to forecast or estimate an unknown value. For example, a predictive model will allow us to estimate how much revenue will be lost if temperatures drop 10 degrees or forecast which customers are going to churn.
Simulation and optimization
Simulation copies the operation and characteristics of a process and condenses the outcome whereas, optimization prioritizes the options of decision-based on a key performance index.
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