Statistical Applications to Insurance and Risk

A special issue of Risks (ISSN 2227-9091).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 829

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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Special Issue on "Statistical Applications to Insurance and Risk". This Special Issue aims to explore innovative statistical methodologies and their applications in the insurance and risk management domain. Insurance and risk assessment are integral components of modern financial and business strategies. They play a crucial role in safeguarding against unforeseen events and uncertainties.

This Special Issue seeks to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, and experts in statistics and insurance to showcase their cutting-edge work. We invite contributions that highlight novel statistical approaches, models, and tools that address various aspects of insurance and risk analysis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Actuarial Science: statistical methods for premium pricing, reserving, and loss modeling.

Risk Management: advanced statistical techniques for risk assessment and mitigation.

Data Analytics: big data analytics and machine learning in insurance applications.

Extreme Value Theory: statistical modeling of rare and extreme events.

Fraud Detection: statistical methods for detecting insurance fraud.

Catastrophe Modeling: statistical approaches to assess and manage catastrophic risks.

Health and Life Insurance: statistical modeling in health and life insurance contexts.

Cyber Insurance: statistical analysis of cybersecurity risks.

Climate and Environmental Risks: statistical methods for climate-related and environmental risk assessment.

We encourage submissions that promote interdisciplinary collaboration between statisticians, actuaries, economists, and experts in the insurance and risk management industry. Join us in advancing the field of statistical applications in insurance and risk, contributing to a safer and more secure future.

Dr. Silvia Dedu
Guest Editor

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  • insurtech
  • predictive modeling
  • Bayesian statistics
  • risk aggregation
  • longevity risk
  • regime-switching models
  • claims reserving
  • telematics data analysis

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Non-Differentiable Loss Function Optimization and Interaction Effect Discovery in Insurance Pricing Using the Genetic Algorithm
by Robin Van Oirbeek, Félix Vandervorst, Thomas Bury, Gireg Willame, Christopher Grumiau and Tim Verdonck
Risks 2024, 12(5), 79; - 14 May 2024
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Insurance pricing is the process of determining the premiums that policyholders pay in exchange for insurance coverage. In order to estimate premiums, actuaries use statistical based methods, assessing various factors such as the probability of certain events occurring (like accidents or damages), where [...] Read more.
Insurance pricing is the process of determining the premiums that policyholders pay in exchange for insurance coverage. In order to estimate premiums, actuaries use statistical based methods, assessing various factors such as the probability of certain events occurring (like accidents or damages), where the Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) are the industry standard method. Traditional GLM approaches face limitations due to non-differentiable loss functions and expansive variable spaces, including both main and interaction terms. In this study, we address the challenge of selecting relevant variables for GLMs used in non-life insurance pricing both for frequency or severity analyses, amidst an increasing volume of data and variables. We propose a novel application of the Genetic Algorithm (GA) to efficiently identify pertinent main and interaction effects in GLMs, even in scenarios with a high variable count and diverse loss functions. Our approach uniquely aligns GLM predictions with those of black box machine learning models, enhancing their interpretability and reliability. Using a publicly available non-life motor data set, we demonstrate the GA’s effectiveness by comparing its selected GLM with a Gradient Boosted Machine (GBM) model. The results show a strong consistency between the main and interaction terms identified by GA for the GLM and those revealed in the GBM analysis, highlighting the potential of our method to refine and improve pricing models in the insurance sector. Full article
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