Pattern2Vec: Representation of clickstream data sequences for learning user navigational behavior

Olmezogullari E., AKTAŞ M. S.

CONCURRENCY AND COMPUTATION-PRACTICE & EXPERIENCE, vol.34, no.9, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cpe.6546
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: clickstream, clustering, customer behavior analysis, embeddings, funnel analysis, graph data, user understanding
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Word embedding approaches represent data sequences to handle their contextual meaning in the NLP tasks. Nowadays, there is an emerging need to understand the user behavior patterns over navigational clickstream data. However, representing the URL data sequences utilizing existing embedding approaches to cluster users' behavior with unsupervised machine learning tasks is a challenging task. This study introduces the Patter2Vec embedding approach using a representation vector to construct contextual, precise, and interpretable clusters over the hidden and popular navigational patterns. To test the usability of the proposed representation in clustering tasks, we conduct an experimental study, which indicates that Pattern2Vec outperforms existing embedding approaches.