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Visualizing uncertainty using Jackknife

July 1, 2012
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Visualizing uncertainty using Jackknife

Once again, I (re)discovered last week at the Rmetrics conference that old toolds can be extremely interesting to illustrate complex ideas, like uncertainty in fnancial markets, and stock prices. For instance a 99.5% quantile: we look for the scena...

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Simple and heuristic optimization

June 29, 2012
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Simple and heuristic optimization

This week, at the Rmetrics conference, there has been an interesting discussion about heuristic optimization. The starting point was simple: in complex optimization problems (here we mean with a lot of local maxima, for instance), we do not ne...

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Simple and heuristic optimization

June 29, 2012
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Simple and heuristic optimization

This week, at the Rmetrics conference, there has been an interesting discussion about heuristic optimization. The starting point was simple: in complex optimization problems (here we mean with a lot of local maxima, for instance), we do not necessarily need extremely advanced algorithms that do converge extremly fast, if we cannot ensure that they reach the optimum. Converging extremely fast, with a...

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Actuarial models with R, Meielisalp

June 23, 2012
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Actuarial models with R, Meielisalp

I will be giving a short course in Switzerland next week, at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineering organized by ETH Zürich, https://www.rmetrics.org/. The long...

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Pricing options on multiple assets (part 1) with trees

June 19, 2012
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Pricing options on multiple assets (part 1) with trees

I am a big fan of trees. It is a very nice way to see how financial pricing works, for derivatives. An with a matrix-based language (R for instance), it is extremely simple to compute almost everything. Even multiple assets options. Let us see how ...

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Date of death, birthday and Elvis Presley

June 18, 2012
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Date of death, birthday and Elvis Presley

10 days ago, a study published on http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/ mentioned that "Death has a preference for birthdays" (as claimed in the title). The conclusion of the paper is that, in general, birthdays do not evoke a postponement mechanism...

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Do you still have time to sleep ?

June 11, 2012
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Do you still have time to sleep ?

Last week, @3wen (Ewen) helped me to write nice R functions to extract tweets in R and build datasets containing a lot of information. I've tried a couple of time on my own. Once on tweet contents, but it was not convincing and once on the activit...

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Claims reserving and IBNR with R

June 6, 2012
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Claims reserving and IBNR with R

Following previous posts on life contingencies and longevity and mortality models, I upload additional material for the short course at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineeri...

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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

June 4, 2012
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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

Following the previous post on life contingencies and actuarial models in life insurance, I upload additional material for the short course at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineering organized by ETH Zürich, https://www.rmetrics.org/. The second part of the talk (on Actuarial models with R) will be dedicated to longevity and mortality. A complete...

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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

June 4, 2012
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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

Following the previous post on life contingencies and actuarial models in life insurance, I upload additional material for the short course at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial En...

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