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Periodicity analysis and a model structure for consumer behavior on hotel online search interest in the US

Juan Liu (School of Foreign Languages and Tourism, Wuxi Institute of Technology, Wuxi, China)
Xue Li (Institute of Chinese Financial Studies, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China)
Ya Guo (School of IoT Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to analyze and model consumer behavior on hotel online search interest in the USA.

Design/methodology/approach

Discrete Fourier transform was used to analyze the periodicity of hotel search behavior in the USA by using Google Trends data. Based on the obtained frequency components, a model structure was proposed to describe the search interest. A separable nonlinear least squares algorithm was developed to fit the data.

Findings

It was found that the major dynamics of the search interest was composed of nine frequency components. The developed separable nonlinear least squares algorithm significantly reduced the number of model parameters that needed to be estimated. The fitting results indicated that the model structure could fit the data well (average error 0.575 per cent).

Practical implications

Knowledge of consumer behavior on online search is critical to marketing decision because search engine has become an important tool for customers to find hotels. This work is thus very useful to marketing strategy.

Originality/value

This research is the first work on analyzing and modeling consumer behavior on hotel online search interest.

Keywords

Citation

Liu, J., Li, X. and Guo, Y. (2017), "Periodicity analysis and a model structure for consumer behavior on hotel online search interest in the US", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 29 No. 5, pp. 1486-1500. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2015-0280

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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