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Kernel discrimination and explicative features: an operative approach

Abstract : Kernel-based methods such as SVMs and LS-SVMs have been successfully used for solving various supervised classi cation and pattern recognition problems in machine learning. Unfortunately, they are heavily dependent on the choice of the optimal kernel function and from tuning parameters. Their solutions, in fact, su er of complete lack of interpretation in terms of input variables. That is not a banal problem, especially when the learning task is related with a critical asset of a business, like credit scoring, where deriving a classification rule has to respect an international regulation. The following strategy is proposed for solving problems using categorical predictors: replace the predictors by components issued from MCA, choice of the best kernel among several ones (linear ,RBF, Laplace, Cauchy, etc.), approximation of the classifi er through a linear model. The loss of performance due to such approximation is balanced by better interpretability for the end user, employed in order to understand and to rank the influence of each category of the variables set in the prediction. This strategy has been applied to real risk-credit data of small enterprises. Cauchy kernel was found the best and leads to a score much more e fficient than classical ones, even after approximation.
Keywords : LS-SVM SVM Scoring Kernel
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Caterina Liberati, Furio Camillo, Gilbert Saporta. Kernel discrimination and explicative features: an operative approach. Compstat 2012, Aug 2012, Limassol, Cyprus. pp.507-518. ⟨hal-01126173⟩



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