Credit Scoring Using Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Networks

Credit Scoring Using Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Networks

David West (East Carolina University, USA) and Cornelius Muchineuta (East Carolina University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-31-0.ch010
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Some of the concerns that plague developers of neural network decision support systems include: (a) How do I understand the underlying structure of the problem domain; (b) How can I discover unknown imperfections in the data which might detract from the generalization accuracy of the neural network model; and (c) What variables should I include to obtain the best generalization properties in the neural network model? In this paper we explore the combined use of unsupervised and supervised neural networks to address these concerns. We develop and test a credit-scoring application using a self-organizing map and a multilayered feedforward neural network. The final product is a neural network decision support system that facilitates subprime lending and is flexible and adaptive to the needs of e-commerce applications.

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