A TOPSIS Data Mining Demonstration and Application to Credit Scoring

A TOPSIS Data Mining Demonstration and Application to Credit Scoring

Desheng Wu (University of Toronto, Canada) and David L. Olson (University of Nebraska, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jdwm.2006070102
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Abstract

The technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) is a technique that can consider any number of measures, seeking to identify solutions close to an ideal and far from a nadir solution. TOPSIS has traditionally been applied in multiple criteria decision analysis. In this paper we propose an approach to develop a TOPSIS classifier. We demonstrate its use in credit scoring, providing a way to deal with large sets of data using machine learning. Data sets often contain many potential explanatory variables, some preferably minimized, some preferably maximized. Results are favorable by a comparison with traditional data mining techniques of decision trees. Proposed models are validated using Mont Carlo simulation.

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