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Support Vector Machines with Evolutionary Feature Selection for Default Prediction

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  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle
  • Dedy Dwi Prastyo
  • Christian Hafner

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Predicting default probabilities is at the core of credit risk management and is becoming more and more important for banks in order to measure their client's degree of risk, and for rms to operate successfully. The SVM with evolutionary feature selection is applied to the CreditReform database. We use classical methods such as discriminan analysis (DA), logit and probit models as benchmark On overall, GA-SVM is outperforms compared to the benchmark models in both training and testing dataset.

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  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Dedy Dwi Prastyo & Christian Hafner, 2012. "Support Vector Machines with Evolutionary Feature Selection for Default Prediction," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2012-030, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    1. Dedy Dwi Prastyo & Wolfgang Karl Härdle, 2014. "Localising Forward Intensities for Multiperiod Corporate Default," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2014-040, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    2. Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Dedy Dwi Prastyo, 2013. "Default Risk Calculation based on Predictor Selection for the Southeast Asian Industry," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2013-037, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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    Keywords

    SVM; Genetic algorithm; global optmimum; default prediction;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C45 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Neural Networks and Related Topics
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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