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1. (WO2018200996) METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MANAGING ITEM ASSORTMENT BASED ON DEMAND TRANSFER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/200996    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/029866
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 28 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G06Q 30/02
Applicants: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
Inventors: VENKATESH, Ramasubbu
DESAI, Paritosh
RANGARAJAN, Bharath
DASGUPTA, Aparupa
RAY, Shubhankar
LE, Luyen
RYALI, Srikanth
KINI, Venkataramana
BHATTACHARJEE, Kasturi
GOPINATH, Deepalakshmi
BERWALD, Jesse
Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MANAGING ITEM ASSORTMENT BASED ON DEMAND TRANSFER
Abstract:
Methods and systems for managing an item assortment from among a collection of heterogeneous items are disclosed. One method includes receiving item data associated with the collection of heterogeneous items that defines values for a plurality of item attributes, and calculating a score for a degree of substitutability between items. A community detection algorithm is applied to edge weights that are based on the scores between items, to identify substitution groups among the items. Preferred attributes common to items within the substitution groups are found, and an item assortment is updated based on a determination of substitutability among items in at least one of the substitution groups.