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Using Data Mining to Combat Infrastructure Inefficiencies: The Case of Predicting Non-Payment for Ethiopian Telecom

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Executive Summary

Data mining and machine learning technologies for business applications have evolved over the past two decades, and are regularly applied in contemporary organizations to everything from manufacturing to online advertising in fields ranging from health care to motor racing. Unfortunately, data mining techniques are not applied as often to problems in the developing world. Despite the fact that some industries, such as banks, airlines, courts, and telecommunications firms, necessitate data storage as part of their business process. The authors argue that data mining could be used to reduce infrastructure inefficiencies, which is one of the largest problems faced by Africa.

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