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Pricing Reinsurance Contracts

October 24, 2013
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Pricing Reinsurance Contracts

In order to illustrate the next section of the non-life insurance course, consider the following example1, inspired from http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/…. This is the so-called “Normalized Hurricane Damages in the United States” dataset, for the period 1900-2005, from Pielke et al. (2008). The dataset is available in xls format, so we have to spend some time to import it, > library(gdata) >...

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NESSIS 2013: The future of sports statistics is here!

October 24, 2013
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NESSIS 2013: The future of sports statistics is here!

by Joseph Rickert We have been following sports statistics regularly on the Revolutions Blog with quite a few sports related posts this year. In one post I did back in April about the Latham R package for baseball statistics I speculated on how baseball was poised to move from Moneyball style predictive analytics to real-time descriptive stats by showing...

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Update for Backtesting Asset Allocation Portfolios post

October 23, 2013
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Update for Backtesting Asset Allocation Portfolios post

It was over a year since my original post, Backtesting Asset Allocation portfolios. I have expanded the functionality of the Systematic Investor Toolbox both in terms of optimization functions and helper back-test functions during this period. Today, I want to update the Backtesting Asset Allocation portfolios post and showcase new functionality. I will use the

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Global Migration Flow Table Estimates

October 23, 2013
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Global Migration Flow Table Estimates

A few months Demographic Research published my paper on estimating global migration flow tables. In the paper I developed a method to estimate international migrant flows, for which there is limited comparable data, to matches changes in migrant stock data, … Continue reading →

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Review: Kölner R Meeting 18 October 2013

October 22, 2013
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Review: Kölner R Meeting 18 October 2013

The Cologne R user group met last Friday for two talks on split apply combine in R and XLConnect by Bernd Weiß and Günter Faes respectively, before the usual Schnitzel and Kölsch at the Lux.Split apply combine in R The apply family of functions in R is incredible powerful, yet for newcomers often somewhat mysterious....

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machine learning [book review, part 2]

October 21, 2013
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machine learning [book review, part 2]

The chapter (Chap. 3) on Bayesian updating or learning (a most appropriate term) for discrete data is well-done in Machine Learning, a probabilistic perspective if a bit stretched (which is easy with 1000 pages left!). I like the remark (Section 3.5.3) about the log-sum-exp trick. While lengthy, the chapter (Chap. 4) on Gaussian models has

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How Do You Write Your Model Definitions?

October 20, 2013
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How Do You Write Your Model Definitions?

I’m often irritated by that when a statistical method is explained, such as linear regression, it is often characterized by how it can be calculated rather than by what model is assumed and fitted. A typical example of this is that linear regression is often described as a method that uses ordinary least squares to calculate the best...

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boxplotdbl and diaplt Packages 1.0.0 Public Beta are Available

October 20, 2013
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boxplotdbl and diaplt Packages 1.0.0 Public Beta are Available

These are beta version because the help manuals are not written yet.  Their functions are already matured to the releasse stage.  I will put them to CRAN as soon as … Continue reading →

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Markdown or LaTeX?

October 19, 2013
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Markdown or LaTeX?

What happens if you ask for too much power from Markdown? R Markdown is one of the document formats that knitr supports, and it is probably the most popular one. I have been asked many times about the choice between Markdown and LaTeX, so I think I'...

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Big and small daycares in Toronto by building type, mapped using RGoogleMaps and Toronto Open Data

October 17, 2013
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Big and small daycares in Toronto by building type, mapped using RGoogleMaps and Toronto Open Data

Before my daughter was born, I thought that my wife and I would have to send her to a licensed child care centre somewhere in Toronto.  I had heard over and over how long of a waiting list I should … Continue reading →

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