Data Analytics Case Study

“Define Problem statement [aka Case Analysis Assignment]”


  • Analytics TooComplete the following assignments using excel and the following template:


    • Assignment – Statement


    • Identify Business Problem –

    “Define Problem statement [aka Case Analysis Assignment]”


    • Analytics Tools and Models used and results


    • Interpretation, Discussion, and Analysis of Findings and Results –

    Interpretation, Discussion, and Analysis of outcomes and results of Analytics Tools and Models used


    • Tip: Support your Interpretation, Discussion, and Analysis of Results with the numbers you developed in your:
      • Analytics Tools and Models used results
      • Business Analytics Case Analysis EXCEL model(s) and outcomes and results


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    Assignment information:


    The worksheet Purchasing Survey in the Performance Lawn Care database provides data related to predicting the level of business (Usage Level) obtained from a third-party survey of purchasing managers of customers Performance Lawn Care.


    The seven PLE attributes rated by each respondent are


    8 The data and description of this case are based on the HATCO example on pages 28–29 in Joseph F. Hair, Jr., Rolph E. Anderson, Ronald L. Tatham, and William C. Black, Multivariate Analysis, 5th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998).


    • Delivery speed —the amount of time it takes to deliver the product once an order is confirmed
    • Price level —the perceived level of price charged by PLE
    • Price flexibility —the perceived willingness of PLE representatives to negotiate price on all types of purchases
    • Manufacturing image —the overall image of the manufacturer
    • Overall service —the overall level of service necessary for maintaining a satisfactory relationship between PLE and the purchaser
    • Sales force image —the overall image of the PLE’s sales force
    • Product quality —perceived level of quality


    Responses to these seven variables were obtained using a graphic rating scale, where a 10-centimeter line was drawn between endpoints labeled “poor” and “excellent.” Respondents indicated their perceptions using a mark on the line, which was measured from the left endpoint. The result was a scale from 0 to 10 rounded to one decimal place.


    Two measures were obtained that reflected the outcomes of the respondent’s purchase relationships with PLE:

    • Usage level —how much of the firm’s total product is purchased from PLE, measured on a 100-point scale, ranging from 0% to 100%
    • Satisfaction level —how satisfied the purchaser is with past purchases from PLE, measured on the same graphic rating scale as perceptions 1 through 7


    The data also include four characteristics of the responding firms:


    • Size of firm —size relative to others in this market (0=small;1=large)(0=small;1=large)
    • Purchasing structure —the purchasing method used in a particular company (1=centralized procurement,0=decentralized procurement)(1=centralized           procurement,0=decentralized procurement)
    • Industry —the industry classification of the purchaser [1=retail(resale such as Home Depot),0=private(nonresale, such as a landscaper)][1=retail(resale such as Home Depot),0=private(nonresale, such as a landscaper)]
    • Buying type —a variable that has three categories (1=new purchase,2=modified rebuy,3=straight rebuy)(1=new purchase,2=modified rebuy,3=straight rebuy)


    Assignment 1:


    • Elizabeth Burke would like to understand what she learned from these data.


    • Apply appropriate data-mining techniquesto analyze the data. For example, can PLE segment customers into groups with similar perceptions about the company?


    • Can cause-and-effect modelsprovide insight about the drivers of satisfaction and usage level? Summarize your results in a report to Ms. Burke.



    ls and Models used and results