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Variable selection for financial distress classification using a genetic algorithm

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This paper is concerned with the use of a genetic algorithm to select financial ratios for corporate distress classification models. For this purpose, the fitness value associated to a set of ratios is made to reflect the requirements of maximizing the amount of information available for the model and minimizing the collinearity between the model inputs. A case study involving 60 failed and continuing British firms in the period 1997-2000 is used for illustration. The classification model based on ratios selected by the genetic algorithm compares favorably with a model employing ratios usually found in the financial distress literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCongress on evolutionary computation: CEC '02
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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