Knowledge and Information Systems

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 719–774

Intelligent data analysis approaches to churn as a business problem: a survey

  • David L. García
  • Àngela Nebot
  • Alfredo Vellido
Survey Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10115-016-0995-z

Cite this article as:
García, D.L., Nebot, À. & Vellido, A. Knowl Inf Syst (2017) 51: 719. doi:10.1007/s10115-016-0995-z


Globalization processes and market deregulation policies are rapidly changing the competitive environments of many economic sectors. The appearance of new competitors and technologies leads to an increase in competition and, with it, a growing preoccupation among service-providing companies with creating stronger customer bonds. In this context, anticipating the customer’s intention to abandon the provider, a phenomenon known as churn, becomes a competitive advantage. Such anticipation can be the result of the correct application of information-based knowledge extraction in the form of business analytics. In particular, the use of intelligent data analysis, or data mining, for the analysis of market surveyed information can be of great assistance to churn management. In this paper, we provide a detailed survey of recent applications of business analytics to churn, with a focus on computational intelligence methods. This is preceded by an in-depth discussion of churn within the context of customer continuity management. The survey is structured according to the stages identified as basic for the building of the predictive models of churn, as well as according to the different types of predictive methods employed and the business areas of their application.


Churn analysis Intelligent data analysis Computational intelligence Customer continuity management Literature survey 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (ES)
  • TIN2012-31377

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC BarcelonaTech)BarcelonaSpain

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