Developing an Ensemble Classifier for Bankruptcy Prediction

부도 예측을 위한 앙상블 분류기 개발

  • Published : 2012.12.30


An ensemble of classifiers is to employ a set of individually trained classifiers and combine their predictions. It has been found that in most cases the ensembles produce more accurate predictions than the base classifiers. Combining outputs from multiple classifiers, known as ensemble learning, is one of the standard and most important techniques for improving classification accuracy in machine learning. An ensemble of classifiers is efficient only if the individual classifiers make decisions as diverse as possible. Bagging is the most popular method of ensemble learning to generate a diverse set of classifiers. Diversity in bagging is obtained by using different training sets. The different training data subsets are randomly drawn with replacement from the entire training dataset. The random subspace method is an ensemble construction technique using different attribute subsets. In the random subspace, the training dataset is also modified as in bagging. However, this modification is performed in the feature space. Bagging and random subspace are quite well known and popular ensemble algorithms. However, few studies have dealt with the integration of bagging and random subspace using SVM Classifiers, though there is a great potential for useful applications in this area. The focus of this paper is to propose methods for improving SVM performance using hybrid ensemble strategy for bankruptcy prediction. This paper applies the proposed ensemble model to the bankruptcy prediction problem using a real data set from Korean companies.

분류기의 앙상블 학습은 여러 개의 서로 다른 분류기들의 조합을 통해 만들어진다. 앙상블 학습은 기계학습 분야에서 많은 관심을 끌고 있는 중요한 연구주제이며 대부분의 경우에 있어서 앙상블 모형은 개별 기저 분류기보다 더 좋은 성과를 내는 것으로 알려져 있다. 본 연구는 부도 예측 모형의 성능개선에 관한 연구이다. 이를 위해 본 연구에서는 단일 모형으로 그 우수성을 인정받고 있는 SVM을 기저 분류기로 사용하는 앙상블 모형에 대해 고찰하였다. SVM 모형의 성능 개선을 위해 bagging과 random subspace 모형을 부도 예측 문제에 적용해 보았으며 bagging 모형과 random subspace 모형의 성과 개선을 위해 bagging과 random subspace의 통합 모형을 제안하였다. 제안한 모형의 성과를 검증하기 위해 실제 기업의 부도 예측 데이터를 사용하여 실험하였고, 실험 결과 본 연구에서 제안한 새로운 형태의 통합 모형이 가장 좋은 성과를 보임을 알 수 있었다.



Supported by : 한림대학교


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