Yidong Zhang

Mentor: Dr. Mahandrarajah Nimalendran

Warrington College of Business Administration

"By applying machine learning methods to problems in financial markets, I hope to gain insight into the functioning of complex systems."





Research Interests

  • Financial Markets
  • Statistics
  • Technology

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Gator Student Investment Fund



Hobbies and Interests

  • Golf
  • Table Tennis
  • History
  • Artificial Intelligence

Research Description

Predicting Default Rates Using Machine Learning
My project will seek to predict changes in default rates by using a variety of SVMs. The inputs to the SVMs will be a collection of accounting and market variables. Data for default rates, bond ratings, and accounting variables will be retrieved through Bloomberg, WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services), and other sources. If successful, the project will produce a family of SVMs that can accurately predict changes in default rates. These SVMs will also provide insight into which variables are most important in the prediction of default rates.