# Model selection in utility-maximizing binary prediction

*Jiun-Hua Su*

*Journal of Econometrics*, 2021, vol. 223, issue 1, 96-124

**Abstract:**
The maximum utility estimation proposed by Elliott and Lieli (2013) can be viewed as cost-sensitive binary classification; thus, its in-sample overfitting issue is similar to that of perceptron learning. A utility-maximizing prediction rule (UMPR) is constructed to alleviate the in-sample overfitting of the maximum utility estimation. We establish non-asymptotic upper bounds on the difference between the maximal expected utility and the generalized expected utility of the UMPR. Simulation results show that the UMPR with an appropriate data-dependent penalty achieves larger generalized expected utility than common estimators in the binary classification if the conditional probability of the binary outcome is misspecified.

**Keywords:** Decision-based binary prediction; Maximum utility estimation; Model selection; Structural risk minimization; Perceptron learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)

**JEL-codes:** C14 C45 C52 C53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)

**Date:** 2021

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**DOI:** 10.1016/j.jeconom.2020.07.052

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