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Computational Actuarial Science with R

1st Edition

Edited by Arthur Charpentier

Chapman and Hall/CRC

656 pages | 178 B/W Illus.

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A Hands-On Approach to Understanding and Using Actuarial Models

Computational Actuarial Science with R provides an introduction to the computational aspects of actuarial science. Using simple R code, the book helps you understand the algorithms involved in actuarial computations. It also covers more advanced topics, such as parallel computing and C/C++ embedded codes.

After an introduction to the R language, the book is divided into four parts. The first one addresses methodology and statistical modeling issues. The second part discusses the computational facets of life insurance, including life contingencies calculations and prospective life tables. Focusing on finance from an actuarial perspective, the next part presents techniques for modeling stock prices, nonlinear time series, yield curves, interest rates, and portfolio optimization. The last part explains how to use R to deal with computational issues of nonlife insurance.

Taking a do-it-yourself approach to understanding algorithms, this book demystifies the computational aspects of actuarial science. It shows that even complex computations can usually be done without too much trouble. Datasets used in the text are available in an R package (CASdatasets).


"… the main objective of the book is that the reader gets interested in the topic and plays with the presented models and R codes in an active way. I have experienced that this goal can be easily reached for a large audience of readers because the presentation of the various arguments encourages an active learning of the concepts ‘without being burdened by the theory.’"

International Statistical Review, 83, 2015

"… worthwhile reading and can be recommended to anyone who is interested in the computational aspects of actuarial science. The book contains many detailed worked examples, with R code fully integrated into the text. … the book provides information and code that readers with any quantitative background can gain something from. It will naturally appeal to actuaries of all calibers, but it has a much wider audience of quantitative analysts using R for statistical modeling and data analysis in various fields. There are also good reasons to recommend this book to any science library."

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 2015

Table of Contents

Introduction Arthur Charpentier and Rob Kaas


Standard Statistical Inference Christophe Dutang

Bayesian Philosophy Arthur Charpentier and Ben Escoto

Statistical Learning Arthur Charpentier and Stéphane Tufféry

Spatial Analysis Renato Assunção, Marcelo Azevedo Costa, Marcos Oliveira Prates, and Luís Gustavo Silva e Silva

Reinsurance and Extremal Events Eric Gilleland and Mathieu Ribatet

Life Insurance

Life Contingencies Giorgio Spedicato

Prospective Life Tables Heather Booth, Rob J. Hyndman, and Leonie Tickle

Prospective Mortality Tables and Portfolio Experience Julien Tomas and Frédéric Planchet

Survival Analysis Frédéric Planchet and Pierre-E. Thérond


Stock Prices and Time Series Yohan Chalabi and Diethelm Würtz

Yield Curves and Interest Rates Models Sergio S. Guirreri

Portfolio Allocation Yohan Chalabi and Diethelm Würtz

Non-Life Insurance

General Insurance Pricing Jean-Philippe Boucher and Arthur Charpentier

Longitudinal Data and Experience Rating Katrien Antonio, Peng Shi, and Frank van Berkum

Claims Reserving and IBNR Markus Gesmann



R Command Index

About the Editor

Arthur Charpentier is a professor of actuarial science at the University of Québec at Montréal. He is a fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries and holds a PhD in applied mathematics from K.U. Leuven. Dr. Charpentier is the co-author of two textbooks on mathematical models of nonlife insurance and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also the editor of the blog

About the Series

Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General