A comparison of different soft computing models for credit scoring

Nnamdi I. Nwulu, Shola G. Oroja

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It has become crucial over the years for nations to improve their credit scoring methods and techniques in light of the increasing volatility of the global economy. Statistical methods or tools have been the favoured means for this; however artificial intelligence or soft computing based techniques are becoming increasingly preferred due to their proficient and precise nature and relative simplicity. This work presents a comparison between Support Vector Machines and Artificial Neural Networks two popular soft computing models when applied to credit scoring. Amidst the different criteria's that can be used for comparisons; accuracy, computational complexity and processing times are the selected criteria used to evaluate both models. Furthermore the German credit scoring dataset which is a real world dataset is used to train and test both developed models. Experimental results obtained from our study suggest that although both soft computing models could be used with a high degree of accuracy, Artificial Neural Networks deliver better results than Support Vector Machines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-903
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Credit scoring
  • Soft computing models
  • Support vector machines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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