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Managerial Applications of Neural Networks: The Case of Bank Failure Predictions


  • Kar Yan Tam

    (Department of Business Information Systems, School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)

  • Melody Y. Kiang

    (Department of Decision and Information Systems, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-4206)


This paper introduces a neural-net approach to perform discriminant analysis in business research. A neural net represents a nonlinear discriminant function as a pattern of connections between its processing units. Using bank default data, the neural-net approach is compared with linear classifier, logistic regression, kNN, and ID3. Empirical results show that neural nets is a promising method of evaluating bank conditions in terms of predictive accuracy, adaptability, and robustness. Limitations of using neural nets as a general modeling tool are also discussed.

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  • Kar Yan Tam & Melody Y. Kiang, 1992. "Managerial Applications of Neural Networks: The Case of Bank Failure Predictions," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 38(7), pages 926-947, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:38:y:1992:i:7:p:926-947
    DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.38.7.926

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