WIT Press


Quantifying Credit-scoring Performance

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DATA030311

Volume

29

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

515 kb

Author(s)

G. Verstraeten & D. Van den Poel

Abstract

Recently, the consumer credit industry has experienced a sizeable growth, where scoring techniques have grown to outperform the traditional, judgmental manner of assessing credit risk. Using the data of a Belgian direct-mail company offering consumer credit, the authors have shown a clear improvement in comparison with its current credit evaluation system, constructed by an international company specialized in consumer credit scoring, and identify the size of this performance increase due to population drift versus model improvement. Considering the crucial impact of the accuracy of the score on the cost side (lowered credit risk) as well as on the revenue side (increased accepted applications), in this study, we highlight the importance of introducing different performance measures to quantify credit risk performance. Hence, instead of reporting predictive perform

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