• Offered by Rsch Sch of Finance, Actuarial Studies & App Stats
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Statistics
  • Areas of interest Actuarial Studies, Statistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Timothy Higgins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces the theory of compound Poisson processes, with a particular emphasis on their application to insurance portfolios (though their applicability in other areas is also noted)

Topics include: Modelling loss distributions; Skewed parametric distribution families; Method of moments, method of percentiles and maximum likelihood estimation; Pearson goodness-of-fit testing for distribution assessment; Truncated and censored data, including applications to reinsurance and policy excess schemes; Random sums, convolutions and compound distributions, particularly for modeling aggregate claim distributions; Normal and gamma approximations to compound distributions; Compound Poisson process theory, including applications to insurance portfolio surplus processes; Ultimate and finite-time ruin probabilities; Adjustment coefficients and optimal reinsurance contracts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

To achieve an understanding of and facility in applying and communicating the following topics:

  • Estimating using skewed distributions with and without the presence of censoring and truncation
  • Aggregation of random quantities through compound distribution theory
  • Compound Poisson process theory including approximation of boundary crossing probabilities as applied to calculating risk for insurance portfolios

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Mid-Sem Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 70%

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Workload

Three contact hours per week plus private study time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed STAT 3004

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2700 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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