To Classify New Items in the Public libraries into Floating or Non Floating Items.
Public libraries are one of society’s great institutions. They provide an opportunity for anyone with an appetite to read, learn and socialize with their community. We specifically focus on the Floating Item types from the Seattle Public Library Inventory Data Collections. The Library uses floating collection management model for some item collections. Floating collections do not assign items to “owning” locations and instead allows those items to move around the library system based on where patrons are checking them out from and returning them to. Items usually stay at a branch until they get checked out and get returned to a different branch or are delivered to another branch to fulfill a hold request. Libraries occasionally must rebalance the floating collection when too many of a specific item are returned to the same branch. Floating collections make books available for patrons more quickly, while reducing staff time and delivery vehicle expenses. Collections get refreshed continuously, meaning branch collections better reflect what their patrons are using. Furthermore, there’s less wear-and-tear on materials, and centralized selectors don’t need to make branch-by-branch decisions on who receives a copy. It is generally accepted that floating collections lead to an increase in checkouts. Based on generous list of data provided by our instructor, we have done some researches and exclusively decided which data we are using for this project. We have created a model to Classify whether the item collection is of a Floating type or Non-Floating type based on Feature columns the number of trips taken on a day