Rank #1: Modeling Section: Data warehouse, data lake or data swamp? Actuarial modeling in the big data era with Tom Peplow
Listen now as April Shen, FSA, CFA interviews Tom Peplow (Principal, Director of Product Development - LTS) on the interaction between actuarial modeling and big data. In this episode, Tom discusses the basic concept on data warehouse, tools and resources actuaries can use to learn more.
Show Notes and Resources:
1) Anything by Ralph Kimball – he’s the forefather of data warehouse data models.
2) Data storage tools: Databricks, Snowflake, Google BigTable, Amazon RedShift, Microsoft Synapse, Parquet
3) Streaming analytics / event processing: Kafka, Amazon Kinesis, Azure Stream Analytics
4) Data preparation: Power BI (using Power Query), Azure Factory Data Flows, Alteryx, AWS Glue
5) Data analytics: Tableau, Power BI
6) Other tools/languages: Jupyter, Python, R, C#, .NET
7) Chapter 5 of Roy Fielding’s dissertation, “Representational State Transfer (REST).”
8) Andrew White (Gartner) “Top Data and Analytics Predictions for 2019” https://blogs.gartner.com/andrew_white/2019/01/03/our-top-data-and-analytics-predicts-for-2019/
9) Data warehouse is not a use case, Jordan Tigani (Google) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I7eOQpDBHQ
Apr 24 2020
Rank #2: Modeling Section: The Life and Times of a Modeler
Listen now as Uri Sobel, FSA, interviews industry expert Teresa Branstetter, FSA, about the current state of actuarial modeling, her experiences, dreams and critiques.
Mar 03 2020
Rank #3: Health Section: Dental Insurance Access in the U.S. and Why Health Actuaries Should Care
34% of adults in the U.S. lack dental insurance, leading to gaps in coverage especially for people in public health programs. In this podcast, Jackie Lee and Joanne Fontana discuss the state of dental coverage in the U.S. including Medicaid and Medicare populations, the connections between oral health and overall health, and the interesting actuarial aspects of dental insurance.
Feb 24 2020
Rank #4: International Section: Multi-Population Longevity Models
Nhan and Mike, together with their co-author Howard Zail (partner at Elucidor LLC in New York City) recently completed a project on a new predictive longevity model. Their work will be presented at the upcoming 2020 Living to 100 Symposium, hosted by SOA at Orlando in January 2020 and will appear in the respective Living to 100 Monograph. The paper was also presented by Nhan at the 2019 Actuarial Research Conference in Indianapolis. The project is about joint modeling of mortality trends across multiple populations using a Bayesian machine learning technique called Gaussian Process Regression.
Jan 23 2020
Rank #5: Actuary of the Future: The Future Actuaries: Part 1
This podcast explores and discusses the "Actuary of the Future: The Future Actuaries" from the perspective of qualified actuaries in the industry, sharing their experiences and advice. Part 1 is an interview with Michael Clark, FSA, MAAA, EA, FCA.
Oct 08 2019
Rank #6: Health Section: Sharpening Your Skills
Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA talks with Kurt Wrobel, FSA, MAAA about sharpening their skills.
Oct 28 2019
Rank #7: Health Section: COVID-19: Updates on Impact
Quarantine, shortages, isolation, homeschooling, small businesses, group therapy, hugging, and more. This week Jackie Lee has a follow up chat with Rebecca Owen about the impact of COVID-19.
Mar 26 2020
Rank #8: Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section: Python – Part 2 – Foundational Concepts
Join hosts Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, and Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, for the second in a series of podcasts focused on Python. After giving an introduction to the popular programming language in our previous episode, they discuss some key concepts in Python, such as its object-oriented framework, the idea of namespaces, the ability to create package sets and a few other topics.
Mar 17 2020
Rank #9: International Section: Understanding the Impact of GDPR on Actuarial Work
An interview with GDPR actuarial specialist Petra Wildemann about how actuaries in Europe are being impacted by the General Data Protection Regulation.
Apr 28 2020
Rank #10: Health Section: COVID-19: It’s Early...Should Actuaries Do Anything?
Who will be the most impacted? What will it cost? What are the options? In this special edition podcast, Jackie Lee chats with Rebecca Owen from HCA Solutions about the spread, effects, and worries of COVID-19.
Mar 10 2020
Rank #11: Health Section: Eat Your Numbers
Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA interviews Nate Worrell, FSA, MAAA
Dec 02 2019
Rank #12: Modeling Section: Everything You Need to Know About the Modeling Section and its Council
The 2020 election of new Modeling Section Council members is approaching! Listen now as April Shen, FSA, CFA, interviews current section council members Daphne Kwan, FSA, MAAA, Uri Sobel, FSA and Timothy G. Deitz, ASA, MAAA on their experiences. They also give a great introduction to both the Modeling Section and council.
Mar 31 2020
Rank #13: Health Section: Health Research Update
Jackie Lee talks with Achilles Natsis from the SOA about the research funding process and recent and upcoming health research projects.
Nov 18 2019
Rank #14: Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section: Leadership Mashup: Meet Five Diverse Actuarial Leaders!
This joint podcast between the Reinsurance and Leadership & Development Sections features a round of leadership interviews in a mashup style! Participants include Karen DeToro, Amanda Hug, Tony Johnson, Jing Lang and Jim Miles.
Jan 31 2020
Rank #15: Actuary of the Future: The Future Actuary Podcast. Part 2
This podcast series "Actuary of the Future: The Future Actuaries " explores and discusses the future of the actuarial profession from the perspective of qualified actuaries in the industry, sharing their experiences and thoughts on the future actuarial profession. Part 2 is an interview with Peizi Zhang, Director of product and insurance risk management with Manulife.
Jan 23 2020
Rank #16: Health Section: Rx Rebates
Jackie Lee and Gabriela Dieguez discuss what pharmacy rebates are and how they impact the healthcare market. They discuss potential changes being proposed regarding the transparency of these rebates and what actuaries need to consider when pricing or reserving for health products.
Sep 03 2019
Rank #17: Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: Nari Rhee, PhD Discusses her Research on Public Pensions and Retirement Security
Nari Rhee, PhD from University of California at Berkeley Labor Center discusses her research on public pensions and retirement security.
Dec 16 2019
Rank #18: Health Section: Supplemental Health
Jackie Lee interview Bill Bade, FSA, MAAA about Supplemental Benefits
Oct 14 2019
Rank #19: Health Section: Leadership Series: Casey Hammer
The leadership series of the Health Section podcasts will include interviews with leaders in our industry. Casey Hammer, a Health Section Council member, joins us to discuss how she became an actuary, her experience as a volunteer, and lessons she has learned along the way.
Jul 08 2019
Rank #20: Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section: Women's Leadership Series #1: Christine Hofbeck
Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA interviews Christine Hofbeck, FSA, MAAA on her unique path as an actuary. This podcast is part one of a jointly sponsored series by the Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section.
Jul 17 2019