Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

Guest Blog by Mary Pat Campbell, FSA, MAAA, PRM, I found myself nodding several times through Brian Fannin’s blog post “My Journey with R” – I particularly liked Brian’s remark: Excel would return diagnostics about a statistical model, but I could tell that it had a greater interest in enabling changes to font size or … Continue reading Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

How Python Saved my Company

 Guest blog by Andrew Webster, M.S., ASA, MAAA It was the summer of 2015.  I had founded my company, Validate Health, one year earlier.  The Society of Actuaries awarded me $10,000 for the summer to sponsor a non-traditional internship.  My intern, Nate, and I found a project working directly with a group of physicians to … Continue reading How Python Saved my Company

My Journey with R

Guest Blog from Brian Fannin, ACAS It started even before I knew what R was. In 2007, a paper appeared in the P&C journal Variance, which focused on a different way of thinking about loss reserve estimation. This approach was founded on linear modelling - the LINEST function in Excel. Inspired, I began entering data … Continue reading My Journey with R

What Technical Skills Should I Learn As an Actuarial Student?

Guest Blog from Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA As a student, I often asked this question during career fairs. Now, I still receive this question when talking to current students. Technical skills are a critical part of an actuarial job, so the topic deserves a lot of attention. My short answer to the question: learn Excel … Continue reading What Technical Skills Should I Learn As an Actuarial Student?