Predict Overview

Mixpanel plans to retire Predict on April 30th.  Click here to view answers to common questions about the retirement.

Predict forecasts how likely users are to perform an event in your application.

Predict grades users based on their previous behavior.  Users who are likely to perform an event receive an A, and users that are unlikely to perform an event receive a D. Predict grades are updated every 24 hours for active reports.

Additionally, Predict goes beyond the grade and indicates how likely it is your users will convert by calculating lift. For each letter grade, the lift at any given time indicates how much more (or less) likely a customer with that grade will convert vs. the average customer (ie. an “A” customer with a 40% chance of conversion will have a lift of 4 if the average customer has a 10% chance of conversion).

When a user completes the goal event, they are counted in the number of converted users.

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Building a Predict Model

To create a prediction, you must first determine your conversion event goal. To create a new prediction:

  1. Go to Predict.
  2. Click Create New if you have existing Predictions. You are directed to the Predict builder if you have never used Predict before.
  3. Name your Prediction. 
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  4. Select a goal event. 
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  5. Select if this user is doing this for the first time ever or not. By default, the "for the first time ever" box will be checked. If selected, Predict will analyze users who have never performed the event. If not checked, Predict will analyze all users, regardless of whether or not the event has been performed before.Predict_3.png
  6. Click Save prediction. If a pop up window prompts again, click Save prediction.Predict_save.png
  7. A notification email is sent once the Prediction has finished running.

Manage or Delete Existing Predict Jobs

It is possible to run up to ten different Predictions at a time. To manage and delete Predictions:

  1. Go to Predict.
  2. Click the All Reports icon. Predict_4.pngClick All to view all Predictions for the project, or click Your Predictions to see Predictions that you have started. Predict_5.png
  3. To delete a Prediction, hover over the job and click the trash icon that results.Predict_6.png

Predict Model Degradation

While rare, it is possible for successful predict models to degrade to the point of no longer being predictive. This will happen if customer behavior drastically deviates from the behavior used in the existing model or if data quality degrades.

If this happens, Mixpanel will automatically turn off the model, send you an email notification alerting you of the change, and turn off any existing notification campaign that uses the Predict grades.

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