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Statistical Classification Methods in Consumer Credit Scoring: a Review


  • D. J. Hand
  • W. E. Henley


Credit scoring is the term used to describe formal statistical methods used for classifying applicants for credit into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ risk classes. Such methods have become increasingly important with the dramatic growth in consumer credit in recent years. A wide range of statistical methods has been applied, though the literature available to the public is limited for reasons of commercial confidentiality. Particular problems arising in the credit scoring context are examined and the statistical methods which have been applied are reviewed.

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  • D. J. Hand & W. E. Henley, 1997. "Statistical Classification Methods in Consumer Credit Scoring: a Review," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 160(3), pages 523-541, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:160:y:1997:i:3:p:523-541
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.1997.00078.x

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