Mining association rules for admission control and service differentiation in e-commerce applications

James Xue*, Stephen Jarvis

*Corresponding author for this work

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Workload demands in e-commerce applications are very dynamic in nature, therefore it is essential for internet service providers to manage server resources effectively to maximize total revenue in server overloading situations. In this paper, a data mining technique is applied to a typical e-commerce application model for identification of composite association rules that capture user navigation patterns. Two algorithms are then developed based on the derived rules for admission control, service differentiation, and priority scheduling. Our approach takes the following aspects into consideration: (a) only final purchase requests result in company revenue; (b) any other request can potentially lead to final purchase, depending upon the likelihood of the navigation sequence that starts from current request and leads to final purchase; (c) service differentiation and priority assignment are based on aggregated confidence and average support of the composite association rules. As identification of composite association rules and computation of confidence and support of the rules can be pre-computed offline, the proposed approach incurs minimum performance overheads. The evaluation results suggest that the proposed approach is effective in terms of request management for revenue maximization. This article is categorized under: Application Areas > Science and Technology Algorithmic Development > Association Rules Algorithmic Development > Web Mining.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1241
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Issue number3
Early online date5 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • admission control
  • association rule
  • cloud computing
  • e-commerce
  • service differentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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