plot.clv.fitted.transactions {CLVTools}R Documentation

Plot Diagnostics for a Fitted Transaction Model


Depending on the value of parameter which, one of the following plots will be produced. See to plot more nuanced diagnostics for the transaction data only.

Tracking Plot

Plot the actual repeat transactions and overlay it with the repeat transaction as predicted by the fitted model. Currently, following previous literature, the in-sample unconditional expectation is plotted in the holdout period. In the future, we might add the option to also plot the summed CET for the holdout period as an alternative evaluation metric. Note that only whole periods can be plotted and that the prediction end might not exactly match prediction.end. See the Note section for more details.

PMF Plot

Plot the actual and expected number of customers which made a given number of repeat transaction in the estimation period. The expected number is based on the PMF of the fitted model, the probability to make exactly a given number of repeat transactions in the estimation period. For each bin, the expected number is the sum of all customers' individual PMF value. Note that if trans.bins is changed, label.remaining needs to be adapted as well.


## S3 method for class 'clv.fitted.transactions'
  which = c("tracking", "pmf"),
  prediction.end = NULL,
  cumulative = FALSE,
  trans.bins = 0:9,
  calculate.remaining = TRUE,
  label.remaining = "10+",
  newdata = NULL,
  transactions = TRUE,
  label = NULL,
  plot = TRUE,
  verbose = TRUE,

## S4 method for signature 'clv.fitted.transactions'
  which = c("tracking", "pmf"),
  prediction.end = NULL,
  cumulative = FALSE,
  trans.bins = 0:9,
  calculate.remaining = TRUE,
  label.remaining = "10+",
  newdata = NULL,
  transactions = TRUE,
  label = NULL,
  plot = TRUE,
  verbose = TRUE,



The fitted transaction model for which to produce diagnostic plots


Which plot to produce, either "tracking" or "pmf". May be abbreviated but only one may be selected. Defaults to "tracking".


"tracking": Until what point in time to plot. This can be the number of periods (numeric) or a form of date/time object. See details.


"tracking": Whether the cumulative expected (and actual) transactions should be plotted.


"pmf": Vector of positive integer numbers (>=0) indicating the number of repeat transactions (x axis) to plot.


"pmf": Whether the probability for the remaining number of transactions not in trans.bins should be calculated.


"pmf": Label for the last bar, if calculate.remaining=TRUE.


An object of class for which the plotting should be made with the fitted model. If none or NULL is given, the plot is made for the data on which the model was fit.


Whether the actual observed repeat transactions should be plotted.


Character string to label the model in the legend.


Whether a plot is created or only the assembled data is returned.


Show details about the running of the function.




prediction.end indicates until when to predict or plot and can be given as either a point in time (of class Date, POSIXct, or character) or the number of periods. If prediction.end is of class character, the date/time format set when creating the data object is used for parsing. If prediction.end is the number of periods, the end of the fitting period serves as the reference point from which periods are counted. Only full periods may be specified. If prediction.end is omitted or NULL, it defaults to the end of the holdout period if present and to the end of the estimation period otherwise.

The first prediction period is defined to start right after the end of the estimation period. If for example weekly time units are used and the estimation period ends on Sunday 2019-01-01, then the first day of the first prediction period is Monday 2019-01-02. Each prediction period includes a total of 7 days and the first prediction period therefore will end on, and include, Sunday 2019-01-08. Subsequent prediction periods again start on Mondays and end on Sundays. If prediction.end indicates a timepoint on which to end, this timepoint is included in the prediction period.

The newdata argument has to be a clv data object of the exact same class as the data object on which the model was fit. In case the model was fit with covariates, newdata needs to contain identically named covariate data.

The use case for newdata is mainly two-fold: First, to estimate model parameters only on a sample of the data and then use the fitted model object to predict or plot for the full data set provided through newdata. Second, for models with dynamic covariates, to provide a clv data object with longer covariates than contained in the data on which the model was estimated what allows to predict or plot further. When providing newdata, some models might require additional steps that can significantly increase runtime.


An object of class ggplot from package ggplot2 is returned by default. If plot=FALSE, the data that would have been used to create the plot is returned. Depending on which plot was selected, this is a data.table which contains the following columns:

For the Tracking plot:


The timepoint that marks the end (up until and including) of the period to which the data in this row refers.


The actual number of repeat transactions in the period that ends at period.until. Only if transactions=TRUE.

"Name of Model" or "label"

The value of the unconditional expectation for the period that ends on period.until.

For the PMF plot:


The number of observed repeat transactions in the estimation period (as ordered factor).


The actual number of customers which have the respective number of repeat transactions. Only if transactions=TRUE.


The number of customers which are expected to have the respective number of repeat transactions, as by the fitted model.


Because the unconditional expectation for a period is derived as the difference of the cumulative expectations calculated at the beginning and at end of the period, all timepoints for which the expectation is calculated are required to be spaced exactly 1 time unit apart.

If prediction.end does not coincide with the start of a time unit, the last timepoint for which the expectation is calculated and plotted therefore is not prediction.end but the start of the first time unit after prediction.end.

See Also

plot.clv.fitted.spending for diagnostics of spending models for transaction diagnostics of objects

pmf for the values on which the PMF plot is based



# Fit ParetoNBD model on the CDnow data
pnbd.cdnow <- pnbd(clvdata(cdnow, time.unit="w",

# Plot actual repeat transaction, overlayed with the
#  expected repeat transactions as by the fitted model

# Plot cumulative expected transactions of only the model
plot(pnbd.cdnow, cumulative=TRUE, transactions=FALSE)

# Plot until 2001-10-21
plot(pnbd.cdnow, prediction.end = "2001-10-21")

# Plot until 2001-10-21, as date
     prediction.end = lubridate::dym("21-2001-10"))

# Plot 15 time units after end of estimation period
plot(pnbd.cdnow, prediction.end = 15)

# Save the data generated for plotting
#   (period, actual transactions, expected transactions)
plot.out <- plot(pnbd.cdnow, prediction.end = 15)

# A ggplot object is returned that can be further tweaked
gg.pnbd.cdnow <- plot(pnbd.cdnow)
gg.pnbd.cdnow + ggtitle("PNBD on CDnow")

plot(pnbd.cdnow, which="pmf")

# For transactions 0 to 15, also have
#  to change label for remaining
plot(pnbd.cdnow, which="pmf", trans.bins=0:15,

# For transactions 0 to 15 bins, no remaining
plot(pnbd.cdnow, which="pmf", trans.bins=0:15,

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