“R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists

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“R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists will provide hands-on personal training for actuaries, data scientists, and students on the current techniques employed using the “R” programming language to implement computer solutions in the actuarial and data science workplace. There will also be additional modules for students preparing for Exams SRM, PA, and MAS-2 separate from this program.

Charles Major has accumulated over 30 years of experience employing statistical and data analysis tools in the software industry. This includes more than nine years using” R”, and its origin language “S”, to design and implement software solutions for many companies worldwide. Additionally, he has many years of experience designing and implementing software using “C”, Cobol, Fortran, and other leading software products. During these years he was employed at IBM, Morgan Stanley, Alexander Insurance, Metropolitan Insurance as well as SAS and SPSS. Professor Major also leads classes at ActuaryExamTutor, New York University, and University of North Florida for students preparing for their actuarial exams, specializing in Exams P, FM, and IFM. Professor Major holds a BS in Math and Statistics from University of New Hampshire, MS in Math, Statistics, and Operations Research for Finance from New York University, and is working towards a PhD in Math and Science from University of New Hampshire.

“R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists Offers The Following:

  1. Weekly live training classes to learn the many applications of “R” and develop the necessary programming language skills for actuaries and data scientists in the workplace
  2. Open Forum immediately following each weekly class in which students will receive personal training help from Professor Major
  3. Weekly Online Office Hours with Professor Major for personal training help on mastering the “R” programming language skills
  4. Mini-Sessions with Professor Major in which students can schedule private sessions for personal training help on mastering “R” program language skills
  5. Students are welcome to join The “R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists Discussion Group open only to program members to communicate with each other and Professor Major
  6. Q & A Email Correspondence in which students can email Professor Major questions with quick reply back
  7. All weekly lectures recorded and available to students


Live Classes & Subjects

Oct. 2nd
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Free Introduction to “R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists

  1. A brief history of R
  2. What Functionality does R Provide to the Actuarial Community
  3. What is R Studio all about and what are its advantages
  4. Easy use of R
  5. What are R Packages and how do they bring value to the actuary
  6. Building Functions in R and the advantages in R
  7. Interfacing R with Relational Data Bases
  8. R and other Software packages including SPSS, SAS, and Python
  9. Wrap Up and Questions

Oct. 16th & Oct. 23rd
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT

Stage 1. “R” 2-Day Intro

This two day R-intro program provides participants with an overview of the powerful advantages to the use of “R” in the Actuarial Science and Data Science professions.

  1. What is “R” all about. This includes design methodology, Object Oriented Paradigm, its world-wide community of thousands professionals , the fact that the products are free and easily installed, and its world wide support network
  2. Access to thousands of “R” packages. What are these packages, where do they originate, and why they provide so much value to Actuaries and Data Scientists engaged in Data Analysis, and Statistics Data Exploration
  3. Powerful Graphics for two dimensional and multi-dimensional graphics. What is “GGPLOT” and why it provides exceptional data graphics capability
  4. The powerful ability to access data from a wide variety of Data Sources, including Relational Data Bases, “Flat Files”, Spreadsheet Data, Software Products including SPSS, SAS, Python, and others
  5. The “R” programming environment, and the ability to create “Packages” of specific applications and have them available worldwide
  6. The “R Studio” environment. Why it is such a powerful and appreciated IDE

Stage 2. R-Programming and Command Use

R-programming and use of commands for actuaries and data scientists

Class 1: 10/30
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Descriptive Statistics & GGPLOT Model Building (Linear and Non-Linear) i.e. Functions
Class 2: 11/6
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Elementary and Multiple Regression; The General Linear Model
Class 3: 11/13
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
ANOVA/Applications in ANOVA & FACTORS CREATION /Analysis
Class 4: 11/20
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Categorical Data Analysis and Principal Components
Class 5: 11/27
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Financial Models and applications to Actuarial Science TVM, Annuities, Interest theory and the Yield Curve, etc
Class 6: 12/4
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Time Series /linear and Arch & Garth

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