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Life contingencies with R

June 1, 2012
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Life contingencies with R

I will be giving in less than four weeks a 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 talk will be on Actuarial models with R, and first part will be dedicated to life insurance. A complete set of slides can be downloaded from the...

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Life contingencies with R

June 1, 2012
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Life contingencies with R

I will be giving in less than four weeks a 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 talk will be...

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French dataset: population and GPS coordinates

May 24, 2012
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French dataset: population and GPS coordinates

A short post today based on recent work by @3wen (Ewen Galic, graduate Student in Rennes, spending a year in Montreal). Since we were working on a detailed French dataset (per commune), we needed a dataset containing a list all communes, with popu...

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Births and week-ends, in France

May 19, 2012
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Births and week-ends, in France

This week, I have seen on the internet (sorry, I cannot find proper references) the graph produced here on the right: which birthday is most likely ? The fact that I have no further information is important, since I do not know in which country suc...

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Non transitivity of correlation for random vectors in dimension 3

May 18, 2012
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Non transitivity of correlation for random vectors in dimension 3

Dependence in dimension 2 is difficult. But one has to admit that dimension 2 is way more simple than dimension 3 ! I recently rediscovered a nice paper, Langford, Schwertman & Owens (2001), on transitivity of the property of being positively c...

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Finding Waldo, a flag on the moon and multiple choice tests, with R

May 16, 2012
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Finding Waldo, a flag on the moon and multiple choice tests, with R

I have to admit, first, that finding Waldo has been a difficult task. And I did not succeed. Neither could I correctly spot his shirt (because actually, it was what I was looking for). You know, that red-and-white striped shirt. I guess it sho...

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Correlations, dimension, and risk measure

May 4, 2012
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Correlations, dimension, and risk measure

Yesterday, while I was attending the IFM2 conference, at HEC Montreal, I heard a nice talk about credit risk, and a comparison between contagion (or at least default correlation), for corporate and retail companies (in the US). And it was mentioned...

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Open data and ecological fallacy

April 28, 2012
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Open data and ecological fallacy

A couple of days ago, on Twitter, @alung mentioned an old post I did publish on this blog about open-data, explaining how difficult it was to get access to data in France (the post, published almost 18 months ago can be found here, in French)....

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Short versus long papers, in academic journals

April 24, 2012
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Short versus long papers, in academic journals

This Monday, during my talk on quantile regressions (at the Montreal R-meeting), we've seen how those nice graphs could be interpreted, with the evolution of the slope of the linear regression, as a function of the probability level. One illustrati...

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Talk on quantiles at the R Montreal group

April 23, 2012
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Talk on quantiles at the R Montreal group

This afternoon, I will be giving a two-hour talk at McGill on quantiles, quantile regressions, confidence regions, bagplots and outliers. Before defining (properly) quantile regressions, we will mention regression on (local) quantiles, as on the gr...

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