Discovering diverse human behavior from two-dimensional preferences

Pu Tai Yang, Cheng Kui Huang*, Huan Lin Chu, Yung-Ting Chuang

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Among the many types of ambiguous and diverse human behaviors, preference ranking and preferred temporal relationships are two human subjective perceptions, and both can be expressed as sequences. For example, information management researchers prefer journal A over B, and this preference can be represented as the ranking sequence: (A > B). When the order of submission is first A and then B, it can be expressed as the temporal sequence: (A → B). In practice, these two preference sequences may be applicable to people with regard to the same items at the same time, which is called “two-dimensional preference” in this study. Based on these concepts, this study defines a novel model and an associated algorithm for mining two-dimensional patterns by combining preference ranking and temporal sequences. The discovered two-dimensional patterns can be categorized into eight types, including consensus, ranking-compromise, temporal-compromise, and conflict patterns. Two experiments in two application areas, namely journal submission and stock purchase, were designed to collect authentic datasets, and demonstrate their managerial meaning. The experimental results show that in most cases, the ordering of the temporal sequences follows the preference ranking sequence, except for several two-dimensional patterns involving high-risk items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2018


  • Consensus patterns
  • Data mining
  • Heterogeneous databases
  • Ranking sequences
  • Temporal sequences


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