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Interpretable Selective Learning in Credit Risk

Author
Dangxing Chen, Weicheng Ye, Jiahui Ye
Date Updated
2022/09/21
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q-fin.CP
Date Published
2022/09/21
Date Retrieved
2022/09/22
Description
The forecasting of the credit default risk has been an important research field for several decades. Traditionally, logistic regression has been widely recognized as a solution due to its accuracy and interpretability. As a recent trend, researchers tend to use more complex and advanced machine learning methods to improve the accuracy of the prediction. Although certain non-linear machine learning methods have better predictive power, they are often considered to lack interpretability by financial regulators. Thus, they have not been widely applied in credit risk assessment. We introduce a neural network with the selective option to increase interpretability by distinguishing whether the datasets can be explained by the linear models or not. We find that, for most of the datasets, logistic regression will be sufficient, with reasonable accuracy; meanwhile, for some specific data portions, a shallow neural network model leads to much better accuracy without significantly sacrificing the interpretability.
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https://arxiv.org/abs/2209.10127
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