Predicting default probabilities in emerging markets by new conic generalized partial linear models and their optimization

Weber G., Cavusoglu Z., Ozmen A.

OPTIMIZATION, vol.61, no.4, pp.443-457, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02331934.2011.654343
  • Journal Name: OPTIMIZATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.443-457
  • Keywords: predicting default probabilities, logistic regression, CMARS, CGPLM
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Nowadays, the importance of financial crises and defaults of countries are becoming clear due to the globalization in the economic area and investments. Generalized partial linear model (GPLM) is a combination of two different regression models connecting with the mean of the dependent variable with the help of a link function. It is adequate to high-dimensional, non-normal data sets having the flexibility to reflect all anomalies effectively. The nonlinear patterns are also easily explained by the nonparametric component of the model. In this study, we introduce a newly developed conic GPLM (CGPLM) to predict default probabilities of 45 emerging markets using the contribution of a continuous model CMARS and a discrete model logistic regression. We present its application results on a data set with 13 macroeconomic variables in 25 years' time. To predict debt crises, CGPLM gives better results than a single CMARS and a single logistic regression. In fact, we have 91.81% and 89.31% accuracy rates, computed according to the correctness of the model output, for training and validation sample, respectively. This improvement in prediction of crises can contribute to new prospects and developments in financial mathematics to make more accurate previsions for investments and to take measures due to coming risks.