Listen in as Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, interviews Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA about Support Vector Machines (SVMs). SVMs are a family of predictive models with a lot of unique quirks. For example, they can focus on getting to a yes/no answer above all else. Also don’t miss the heroic attempt to verbally explain the “kernel trick” that can really kick SVMs’ performance into overdrive.

Direct download: SOA17_37_PAF_09_Support_Vector_Machines.mp3
Category:Predictive Analytics and Futurism -- posted at: 9:21am CST

This podcast reviews the research paper which provides an overview of tree models, and details how they have been used for developing group long term disability recovery and mortality rates. .

Direct download: Research_Insights_-_GLTD_Predictive_Analytics_Report_and_Data.mp3
Category:Research Insights -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Dave Dillon interviews Ken Beckman about his October 2017 Health Watch article, “An Actuarial Model to Improve Health and Reduce Costs.” This model offers financial incentives to health care providers to help patients achieve improved health resulting in reduced overall health care costs. In contrast to the current environment which incentivizes prescribing drugs and medical procedures, this model relies on a prescription of whole food plant-based nutrition which has been shown in the scientific literature to be effective at reversing many common and chronic costly health conditions with no negative side effects.

Direct download: An_Actuarial_Model_to_Improve_Health_and_Reduce_Costs.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:18am CST

From the October 2017 Taxing Times: This edition of “In the Beginning” provides a high-level overview of reinsurance: its purpose and uses, its different forms, and the tax results and issues that can arise in reinsurance transactions. Written by Jean Baxley and Eli Katz.  Read by Dan Theodore.

Direct download: TTOct2017_TaxingReinsurance.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 8:03am CST

In this episode, Dale Hall, FSA, MAAA, CERA, CFA, Managing Director of Research discusses the Living to 100 Monograph topic, Insights into Successful Aging, with Steve Vernon, FSA, MAAA and Jean-Marc Fix, FSA, MAAA.

This podcast discusses Mortality Improvement Scale MP-2017, the annual update to the RPEC_2014 model and its corresponding mortality improvement scales, released by the Society of Actuaries Retirement Plans Experience Committee (RPEC). This new version of the model reflects historical U.S. population mortality experience through 2015.

Direct download: Research_Insights_-_Mortality_Improvement_Scale_MP-2017.mp3
Category:Research Insights -- posted at: 12:00am CST

Listen in as Mark Rowley, SmallCo Section Council Chair, discusses the many benefits of joining the Smaller Insurance Company Section (“SmallCo”).

Direct download: SOA17_31_Small_Co_01_-_Join_the_SmallCo_Section.mp3
Category:Smaller Insurance Company -- posted at: 10:42am CST

This podcast discusses The Older Age Underwriting Practices Survey, a survey designed to elicit feedback regarding underwriting guidelines, requirements, assumptions and practices utilized in the assessment of older age applicants. This survey was sent to US and Canadian direct life insurance companies.

Direct download: Research_Insights_-_Older_Age_Underwriting_Survey.mp3
Category:Research Insights -- posted at: 12:00am CST

Bin Fang, FSA, MAAA, Director & Actuary at AIG, and Chair of the Actuary of Future Section Council has a conversation with Mindy Lin and Edmond Eberle on his experience volunteering for SOA, and working in a life insurance company.

Direct download: SOA17_25_AOF_02_02_Interview_with_Bin_Fang.mp3
Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 1:07pm CST

This podcast discusses the recently released report which serves as a primer on the mechanics and uses of the Hidden Markov Model (HMM) for actuarial and financial applications. The report also includes development of a new application for the HMM to mortgage-backed securities exchange-traded funds.

Direct download: Research_Insights_-Hidden-Markov-Model.mp3
Category:Research Insights -- posted at: 12:00am CST

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