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A Note on the Comparison of Logit and Discriminant Models of Consumer Credit Behavior

John C. Wiginton

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 1980, vol. 15, issue 3, 757-770

Abstract: Since the early work of Durand (1941), there has been considerable interest in using quantitative models of consumer credit behavior for credit-granting decisions. Most models are based on the concept of “scoring†by use of weights usually determined as statistically significant coefficients of some linear statistical model, frequently the linear discriminant model. It is the purpose of this note, however, to propose maximum likelihood estimation of the logit model as an alternative, and to compare the two models in a “scoring experiment.â€

Date: 1980
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