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An Efficient Classification Model for Analyzing Skewed Data to Detect Frauds in the Financial Sector

Abstract : There are different types of risks in financial domain such as, terrorist financing, money laundering, credit card fraudulence and insurance fraudulence that may result in catastrophic consequences for entities such as banks or insurance companies. These financial risks are usually detected using classification algorithms. In classification problems, the skewed distribution of classes also known as class imbalance, is a very common challenge in financial fraud detection, where special data mining approaches are used along with the traditional classification algorithms to tackle this issue. Imbalance class problem occurs when one of the classes have more instances than another class. This problem is more vulnerable when we consider big data context. The datasets that are used to build and train the models contain an extremely small portion of minority group also known as positives in comparison to the majority class known as negatives. In most of the cases, it’s more delicate and crucial to correctly classify the minority group rather than the other group, like fraud detection, disease diagnosis, etc. In these examples, the fraud and the disease are the minority groups and it’s more delicate to detect a fraud record because of its dangerous consequences, than a normal one. These class data proportions make it very difficult to the machine learning classifier to learn the characteristics and patterns of the minority group. These classifiers will be biased towards the majority group because of their many examples in the dataset and will learn to classify them much faster than the other group. After conducting a thorough study to investigate the challenges faced in the class imbalance cases, we found that we still can’t reach an acceptable sensitivity (i.e. good classification of minority group) without a significant decrease of accuracy. This leads to another challenge which is the choice of performance measures used to evaluate models. In these cases, this choice is not straightforward, the accuracy or sensitivity alone are misleading. We use other measures like precision-recall curve or F1 - score to evaluate this trade-off between accuracy and sensitivity. Our objective is to build an imbalanced classification model that considers the extreme class imbalance and the false alarms, in a big data framework. We developed two approaches: A Cost-Sensitive Cosine Similarity K-Nearest Neighbor (CoSKNN) as a single classifier, and a K-modes Imbalance Classification Hybrid Approach (K-MICHA) as an ensemble learning methodology. In CoSKNN, our aim was to tackle the imbalance problem by using cosine similarity as a distance metric and by introducing a cost sensitive score for the classification using the KNN algorithm. We conducted a comparative validation experiment where we prove the effectiveness of CoSKNN in terms of accuracy and fraud detection. On the other hand, the aim of K-MICHA is to cluster similar data points in terms of the classifiers outputs. Then, calculating the fraud probabilities in the obtained clusters in order to use them for detecting frauds of new transactions. This approach can be used to the detection of any type of financial fraud, where labelled data are available. At the end, we applied K-MICHA to a credit card, mobile payment and auto insurance fraud data sets. In all three case studies, we compare K-MICHA with stacking using voting, weighted voting, logistic regression and CART. We also compared with Adaboost and random forest. We prove the efficiency of K-MICHA based on these experiments
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Sara Makki. An Efficient Classification Model for Analyzing Skewed Data to Detect Frauds in the Financial Sector. Data Structures and Algorithms [cs.DS]. Université de Lyon; Université libanaise, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019LYSE1339⟩. ⟨tel-02457134⟩



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