A Causal Analysis for the Expenditure Data of Business Travelers

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Abstract

Determining the causal relation among attributes in a domain is a key task in the data mining and knowledge discovery. In this paper, we applied a causal discovery algorithm to the business traveler expenditure survey data [1]. A general class of causal models is adopted in this paper to discover the causal relationship among continuous and discrete variables. All those factors which have direct effect on the expense pattern of travelers could be detected. Our discovery results reinforced some conclusions of the rough set analysis and found some new conclusions which might significantly improve the understanding of expenditure behaviors of the business traveler.