8:30 – 9:00Conference Registration
9:00 – 9:10

language Welcome Address Speech:

Prof. Joanna Plebaniak
Dean of the Collegium of Economic Analyses,
Warsaw School of Economics

Prof. Janina Jóźwiak
Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography,
Warsaw School of Economics

9:10 – 9:50 language Keynote Presentation:

Intensity models to predict credit card transitions

Prof. Jonathan Crook
Professor of Business Economics, Director, Credit Research Centre,
Jt Editor, Journal of the Operational Research Society,
University of Edinburgh Business School

Currently banks used credit risk models to predict the probability that a credit customer will default in a given window of time. This presentation will discuss a new and more comprehensive approach to modelling credit risk that gives predictions of the probability, for each customer, that he/she will transit from one state of delinquency to another between any two months in the life of the loan. The transitions include not only transitions into further delinquency but also transitions to lesser states of delinquency, that is cure. These types of models give much more information that the standard credit scoring model and should enable banks to compute provisions and the amount of capital for credit risk more accurately than at present. The model includes macroeconomic variables and so enable the analyst to gain predictions for different macroeconomic scenarios. The advantages of using this type of model compared to other types of credit scoring models will be described as will the methodology. Results of applying the method to a large dataset relating to credit card holders will be illustrated.

9:50 – 10:20language Presentation:

Disenchantment of big data in banking sector

Adam Świrski
Vice President of the Management Board,
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

The fundamental question that can be asked from the perspective of the practitioner is the one concerning what really BIG DATA is and why is it such a popular topic now. It is crucial to find out what is a real and potential application of BIG DATA in banking. The data analysis (data science) has a great future and it’s impact grows in significance. However we must note the traps and risk of drawing incorrect conclusions and improper analysis of large data volumes. It must be considered whether BIG DATA constitutes a competitive element for banking and whether on the basis of BIG DATA such companies can emerge that will compete with Banks e.g. loan companies.

10:20 – 10:45language Presentation:

Statistical models for corporate credit risk assessment - rating models

Dr Aneta Ptak-Chmielewska
Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistics and Demography,
Warsaw School of Economics

Taking into consideration the weakness of the models based on discrimination function (Z-score) proposed by Altman within the conditions of Polish economy some attempts were taken in the 90s to adjust these models to the reality of post-communist economy. The initial interest in the models of multivariate discriminant analysis was extended by logistic regression models and then also by neural networks and decision trees. In the recent years some attempts were also taken to apply models of the event history analysis. Rating models based on developed bankruptcy risk models are basic element in credit risk management. Presentation focuses on the critical assessment of statistical methods applied and points out the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches toward the estimation of rating models.

10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 11.40

language Keynote Presentation:

Probabilistic forecasting of wholesale electricity prices

Prof. Rafal Weron
Professor of Economics, Department of Operations Research,
Wrocław University of Technology

Over the last 15 years, electricity spot price forecasting has become the core process of an energy company’s planning activities at the operational level. A variety of methods and ideas have been tried, with varying degrees of success. While there have been many empirical studies on point forecasts (i.e., the ‘best guess’ or expected value of the spot price), probabilistic – i.e., interval and density – forecasts have not been investigated extensively to date. Moreover, given the diversity of models and their variable performance, it is essentially impossible to select ex ante a single, most reliable one. In this context, combining forecasts has the potential to turn out to be particularly useful. In this talk I will briefly review the electricity price forecasting literature and highlight some recent trends. Then I will present a novel method of computing prediction intervals – Quantile Regression Averaging (QRA) – which involves applying quantile regression to a pool of point forecasts of individual (i.e., not combined) forecasting models. As such, QRA can leverage existing development of the point forecasting literature and yield high quality probabilistic forecasts. I find QRA particularly attractive from a practical point of view and expect its widespread use in probabilistic forecasting, not only in the context of wholesale electricity prices but also in other areas of finance, and in risk management in particular.

Based on:

[1] R. Weron (2014) Electricity price forecasting: A review of the state-of-the-art with a look into the future, International Journal of Forecasting 30(4), 1030-1081 [Open access] (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijforecast.2014.08.008 ).

11:40 – 12:05language Presentation:

Forecasting a near past – beyond an economic model

Dr Tomasz Kaczor
Chief Economist, Director of Analyses and Research Department,
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Various, both theoretical and empirical studies, confirm the value of so called consensus forecast, that is combining individual forecasts produced by separate forecasters to yield an aggregate forecast. The result of the process was shown to be superior to its components in terms of accuracy. The consensus forecast also doesn’t exhibit two major drawbacks any individual one might have, i.e. the necessity to choose a forecaster and being prone to individual biases of the forecaster. Yet, having plenty of advantages, consensus forecasts are not themselves a perfect tool and have their shortcoming. They may underuse privately held information, that an individual forecaster might have. Also, compiling them frequently requires certain amount of a coordinated effort. As a result they may fail to fully reflect the most recent public information and, comparing to an individual forecast, be difficult to obtain on constant basis. Finally, as creating a model to be used to deliver a forecast does consume resources (especially time), tools used to provide constituent forecasts may not themselves be up to the most recent developments in economy and data (for example due to changing over time of the forecasting power of variables). That again leads to underutilization of publicly held information. A ways to mitigate some of those detriments will be discussed. They base on mimicking ‘a market of forecasts’ and extensive use of a statistical programing language.

12:05 – 12:30language Presentation:

Big data for Cybersecurity

Domenico Billè
Public Security, Defense and Cybersecurity Regional Manager,
SAS Central East Europe

If you believe that your organization is not at real risk of cyber attack, then you are absolutely wrong. Incidents of massive data breaches, advanced cyber attacks coming from China, groups like Syrian Electronic Army, Hacking Point of Sale machines at retailers have splashed across the news in the last year. Whether a Government Agency or Private Company, Small or a Large Tech Company It’s no secret that No one is Immune to Cyber Attacks. Cybercriminals can attack your organization without even entering your business location and traditional crimes are more and more shifting to cyberspace. A data breach can cost your company millions of dollars to rectify and cause loss of consumer confidence. Current processes are manual, ad-hoc and reactive whereas there is a need for proactive and predictive capabilities, to identify attacks BEFORE the exfiltration of data. Using Analytics over cybersecurity and Behavioral analysis will help you think and act strategically and thanks to SAS in-memory analytics you can get near real time analytical outcomes preventing critical breaches and leaks within any Organization.

12:30 – 13:15Lunch
13:15 – 13:45language Presentation:

Techniques offered by big data available for use in the banking sector

Radosław Kita
Expert Data Scientist,
Allegro Group/Naspers

I would like to share my experiences in the use of big data techniques to create a 360-degree ;image of a bank customer, identify needs and predicting behavior. The transaction data collected in the banking system have a huge potential. I would like to tell about methods of structuring these data and basic statistical techniques that allow to transform transactional data into business knowledge. I would also tell about easy to come by data existing outside transactional systems. Data that will allow to build a fuller picture of the client's needs. One of the biggest challenges is the integration of external data with internal data. I would like to tell you how big data allows similar operations.

13:45 – 14:15language Presentation:

Credit acceptance process strategy case studies - the power of Credit Scoring

Dr Karol Przanowski
Head of Credit Risk Department,
Bank Pocztowy S.A.

The presentation is aware of the importance of certain figures that are essential to an understanding of Credit Scoring models in credit acceptance process optimization, namely if the power of discrimination measured by Gini value is increased by 5% in presented example then the profit of the process can be increased monthly by about 1.500 kPLN (300 kGBP, 500 kUSD, 350 kEUR). Simple business models of credit loans are also presented: acquisition - instalment loan (low price) and cross-sell - cash loans (high price).Scoring models are used to optimize process, to become profitable. Various acceptance strategies with different cut-offs are presented, some are profitable and some are not. Moreover, in a time of prosperity some are preferable whilst the inverse is true during a period of high risk or crisis. To optimize the process four models are employed: three risk models, to predict the probability of default and one typical propensity model to predict the probability of response. It is a simple but very important example of the Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV or CLV) model business, where risk and response models are working together to become a profitable process. One example of business model in Excel spreadsheet to tune an acceptance process by individual parameters is presented as well.

14:15 – 14:45languagePresentation:

Big data, high-performance, real-time… what it means for data scientists?

Łukasz Libuda
Senior Business Solutions Manager,
SAS Institute

Big-Data is a keyword for today’s business environment. Time is money and good business information “here and now” has still increasing business value. Analytical models are built to support many business areas and their time-to-delivery is crucial: it has to be as short as possible giving enough time for decision taking. Is high-performance analytics just a pure technology issue, new trendy fashion or a new way how to drive effective business?
So how it is possible to process bid data quickly and without sampling? What other business topics are supported by real-time technology supporting decision takers with full picture information? During this presentation latest business and technological trends will be highlighted for different business areas as credit risk and model development, fraud detection, assets and liabilities management and market risk management.

14:45 – 15:30languagePanel Discussion:

The challenges for financial analysis in the era of big data. A look from the business and from the academy.

Prof. Marek Gruszczyński
Vice Rector for Research and International Relations,
Warsaw School of Economics

Prof. Krzysztof Jajuga
Professor, Department of Financial Investments and Risk Management,
Wrocław University of Economics

Dr Stanisław Klauza
Warsaw School of Economics

Prof. Andrzej Sławiński
General Director of Economic Institute
National Bank of Poland

Adam Świrski
Vice President of the Management Board
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Prof. Rafal Weron
Professor of Economics
Department of Operations Research
Wrocław University of Technology

15:30 – 15:45languageClosing Remarks:

Prof. Ewa Frątczak
Head of Event History and Multilevel Analysis Unit,
Warsaw School of Economics

15:45 Networking Coffee


presentation will be delivered
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Honorary Patronage

Patronat Honorowy Rektora SGH

Conference Host

Warsaw School of Economics


20 October 2015

Conference Venue

Warsaw School of Economics
Building C
Al. Niepodległości 128
02-554 Warszawa


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