Feature selection using Bayesian and multiclass Support Vector Machines approaches: Application to bank risk prediction

Asma Feki, Anis Ben Ishak*, Saber Feki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper presents methods of banks discrimination according to the rate of NonPerforming Loans (NPLs), using Gaussian Bayes models and different approaches of multiclass Support Vector Machines (SVM). This classification problem involves many irrelevant variables and comparatively few training instances. New variable selection strategies are proposed. They are based on Gaussian marginal densities for Bayesian models and ranking scores derived from multiclass SVM. The results on both toy data and real-life problem of banks classification demonstrate a significant improvement of prediction performance using only a few variables. Moreover, Support Vector Machines approaches are shown to be superior to Gaussian Bayes models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3087-3099
Number of pages13
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gaussian Bayes classifier
  • Multiclass bank's risk
  • Multiclass SVM
  • Risk factors
  • Stepwise algorithm
  • Variable selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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