Integrated framework for profit-based feature selection and SVM classification in credit scoring

Sebastián Maldonado*, Cristián Bravo, Julio López, Juan Pérez

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In this paper, we propose a profit-driven approach for classifier construction and simultaneous variable selection based on linear Support Vector Machines. The main goal is to incorporate business-related information such as the variable acquisition costs, the Types I and II error costs, and the profit generated by correctly classified instances, into the modeling process. Our proposal incorporates a group penalty function in the SVM formulation in order to penalize the variables simultaneously that belong to the same group, assuming that companies often acquire groups of related variables for a given cost rather than acquiring them individually. The proposed framework was studied in a credit scoring problem for a Chilean bank, and led to superior performance with respect to business-related goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalDecision Support Systems
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The first author was supported by FONDECYT project 1160738 . The third author was funded by FONDECYT project 1160894 . The fourth author was supported by FONDECYT project 11160320 . This research was partially funded by the Complex Engineering Systems Institute , ISCI (ICM-FIC: P05-004-F , CONICYT : FB0816 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier B.V.


  • Analytics
  • Credit scoring
  • Group penalty
  • Profit measure
  • Support Vector Machines


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