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Seminar | Modelling Critical Illness Insurance data

30 Out das 17:00 às 18:00
Room Santander, Quelhas

Speaker: Howard R. Waters – Heriot-Watt University



Critical Illness (CI) insurance is a form of long term insurance which pays a sum insured on the diagnosis, within the terms of the policy, of one of a specified list of illnesses, for example cancer or a heart attack. It is a very popular type of insurance in the UK. At its peak, in 2002, over one million new policies were sold. In this talk I will give an overview of a recent project which used data from 1999 – 2005 covering nearly one half of the UK market, the objective being to develop and parameterise a probabilistic model which can be used to price and value CI policies. The talk will cover technical aspects – Markov models, parameter estimation, variable selection – and the practical difficulties which inevitably arise with any project involving a large data set. Results will be presented.