Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)


Industrial Engineering

Committee Chair

Seokcheon Lee

Committee Member 1

Robert W. Proctor

Committee Member 2

Yuehwern Yih


Mobile telecom industry competition has been fierce for decades, therefore increasing the importance of customer retention. Most mobile operators consider customer complaints as a key factor of customer retention. We implement machine learning algorithms to predict the customer complaints of a Korean mobile telecom company. We used four machine learning algorithms ANN (Artificial Neural Network), SVM (Support Vector Machine), KNN (K-Nearest Neighbors) and DT (Decision Tree). Our experiment utilized a database of 10,000 Korean mobile market subscribers and the variables of gender, age, device manufacturer, service quality, and complaint status. We found that ANN’s prediction performance outperformed other algorithms. We also propose the segmented-prediction model for better accuracy and practical usage. Segments of the customer group are examined by gender, age, and device manufacturer. Prediction power is better for female, older customers, and the non-iPhone groups than other segment groups. The highest accuracy s ANN’s 87.3% prediction for the 60s group.