Conference Proceedings

Predicting Peer-to-Peer Loan Rates using Bayesian Non-Linear Regression

Zsolt Bitvai, Trevor Cohn

Proceedings of the 29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence | AAAI Press | Published : 2015

Abstract

Peer-to-peer lending is a new highly liquid market for debt, which is rapidly growing in popularity. Here we consider modelling market rates, developing a nonlinear Gaussian Process regression method which incorporates both structured data and unstructured text from the loan application. We show that the peer-to-peer market is predictable, and identify a small set of key factors with high predictive power. Our approach outperforms baseline methods for predicting market rates, and generates substantial profit in a trading simulation.