Loss Models: From Data to Decisions

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 19, 2012 - Business & Economics - 536 pages
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Praise for the Third Edition

"This book provides in-depth coverage of modelling techniques used throughout many branches of actuarial science. . . . The exceptional high standard of this book has made it a pleasure to read." —Annals of Actuarial Science

Newly organized to focus exclusively on material tested in the Society of Actuaries' Exam C and the Casualty Actuarial Society's Exam 4, Loss Models: From Data to Decisions, Fourth Edition continues to supply actuaries with a practical approach to the key concepts and techniques needed on the job. With updated material and extensive examples, the book successfully provides the essential methods for using available data to construct models for the frequency and severity of future adverse outcomes.

The book continues to equip readers with the tools needed for the construction and analysis of mathematical models that describe the process by which funds flow into and out of an insurance system. Focusing on the loss process, the authors explore key quantitative techniques including random variables, basic distributional quantities, and the recursive method, and discuss techniques for classifying and creating distributions. Parametric, non-parametric, and Bayesian estimation methods are thoroughly covered along with advice for choosing an appropriate model.

New features of this Fourth Edition include:

  • Expanded discussion of working with large data sets, now including more practical elements of constructing decrement tables
  • Added coverage of methods for simulating several special situations
  • An updated presentation of Bayesian estimation, outlining conjugate prior distributions and the linear exponential family as well as related computational issues

Throughout the book, numerous examples showcase the real-world applications of the presented concepts, with an emphasis on calculations and spreadsheet implementation. A wealth of new exercises taken from previous Exam C/4 exams allows readers to test their comprehension of the material, and a related FTP site features the book's data sets.

Loss Models, Fourth Edition is an indispensable resource for students and aspiring actuaries who are preparing to take the SOA and CAS examinations. The book is also a valuable reference for professional actuaries, actuarial students, and anyone who works with loss and risk models.

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Random Variables
Characteristics of Actuarial Models
Continuous Models 5 1 Introduction
Advanced Discrete Distributions
Frequency and Severity with Coverage Modifications
Aggregate LossModels 9 1 Introduction
4Thea b1 class 14 5Compound
Introduction and Limited
Greatest Accuracy Credibility 18 1 introduction
Empirical Bayes Parameter
Discrete Distributions
An Inventory of Continuous
An InventoryofDiscrete

Estimation for Modified Data 12 1 Point estimation
Parametric Statistical
Frequentist Estimationfor Discrete
Basic Distributional Quantities
Frequency and Severity
Solution of Systems of Equations

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About the author (2012)

STUART A. KLUGMAN, PhD, FSA, CERA, is Staff Fellow (Education) at the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and Principal Financial Group Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Actuarial Science at Drake University. He served as SOA vice-president from 2001-2003.

HARRY H. PANJER, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is past president of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries.

GORDON E. WILLMOT, PhD, FSA, FCIA, is Munich Re Chair in Insurance and Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Willmot currently focuses his research on the analysis of insurance losses, with an emphasis on the theory and application of aggregate claims models.