On modeling credit defaults: a probabilistic Boolean Network approach

Jia-Wen Gu*, Wai-Ki Ching, Tak-Kuen Siu, Harry Zheng

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One of the central issues in credit risk measurement and management is modeling and predicting correlated defaults. In this paper we introduce a novel model to investigate the relationship between correlated defaults of different industrial sectors and business cycles as well as the impacts of business cycles on modeling and predicting correlated defaults using the Probabilistic Boolean Network (PBN). The key idea of the PBN is to decompose a transition probability matrix describing correlated defaults of different sectors into several BN matrices which contain information about business cycles. An efficient estimation method based on an entropy approach is used to estimate the model parameters. Using real default data, we build a PBN for explaining the default structure and making reasonably good predictions of joint defaults in different sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalRisk and Decision Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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