Actuarial science is a discipline that uses mathematics and statistics to assess risk. The mathematics involved in actuarial science includes probability, statistics, finance, life insurance mathematics, and more.

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How often does it happen that the oldest person alive dies?

Today, we are brought the sad news that Europe's oldest woman died. A little over a week ago the oldest person in the U.S. unfortunately died. Yesterday, the Netherlands' oldest man died peacefully. ...
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Calculating a continuously varying, continuously paid annuity

I'm unsure how to calculate a continuously varying, continuously paid annuity. I'll write up my solution (which I suspect is wrong) to one, sample question, and I would greatly appreciate any ...
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Prove that $\dfrac{0.5x^2 + x + 1}{x^2 + x + 1}$ is a strictly decreasing function.

This is part of an actuarial science problem. Unfortunately, the official solution of this problem takes the derivative of $$\dfrac{0.5x^2 + x + 1}{x^2 + x + 1}\text{, } \quad x \geq 0\text{.}$$ and ...
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Which methods are used by actuaries in practice?

Recently I read a comment from an actuary that a lot of the math they studied as part of the program they never actually used. I'm not interested in becoming an actuary, but I'm interested in ...
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Are the actuarial exams hard? [closed]

I heard that they are difficult. Is this true? Are they like the qualifying exams in grad school? For example, is the probability exam and the financial math exam comparable to qualifying exams (e.g. ...
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Probability question : meaning of the sentence

The following is the problem I am working on. The probability of a passing car being an import is defined as $p(i)=1/4$ and the probability of it being domestic is $p(d)=3/4$. Find the probability ...
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Probability problem - fake and real diamonds -

A box contains 35 gems, of which 10 are real, 25 are fake. Gems are randomly taken out of the box, one at a time without replacement. What is the probability that exactly 2 fakes are selected ...
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Memorylessness and Expectation

I have a specific problem I'm working on. Let $X$ be an exponential random variable, and let $Y$ be a random variable defined by: $$ Y = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{ if } X < d \\ ...
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Monthly rental fee to achieve given profit on average, given probabilities of numbers of rentals

I have this problem here and I'm very unsure of how to start this. I have an idea but I'm not sure where to go from a certain point. The problem says: A video rental store is analyzing a flat fee ...
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A question in Finan's FM/2 book

Problem 6 on page 47 of Marcel B. Finan's A Basic Course in the Theory of Interest and Derivatives Markets: A Preparation for the Actuarial Exam FM/2 is: Fund A is invested at an effective annual ...
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What is the pdf of $Z=X/\max(X,Y)$ with $X,Y$ exponentials of lambda parameter?

Given $X,Y$ 2 independent r.v.'s both distributed as $\exp(λ)$, what is the pdf of $Z=X/\max(X,Y)$?
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Masters in Actuarial Science

I am applying to a grad school for the Masters in Actuarial Science. Now i am getting cold feet. I do love math, i was always good in math (not excellent or a genius). Did all adv. calculus classes ...
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Claim from an Actuarial Textbook: limits imply the existence of mean and variance

This is from Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingent Risks, 2nd ed., by Dickson et al. Some definitions (not directly from the book): Definitions/Notation. $T_x$ is defined to be the future ...
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Isolating for i

So this might seem a bit fundamental, but in financial math the following equation gives you the price for a bond $$ P = C \frac {1-(1+i)^{-n}} {i} + B(1+i)^{-n} $$ where $P$ is the price of the ...
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SOA Exam P Question: $P$ is a random point on the Cartesian Coordinate Plane. Find the variance of the area of a circle formed by $P$.

Caution: This problem was "passed down" to me and I think the wording was altered or lost along the way. I will post the problem as I have it and then make suggestions on what I think it should be. ...
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Zero-coupon vs. $10\%$ coupon problem

I am working on Bonds and I am having trouble solving this problem. A zero-coupon bond pays no coupons and only pays a redemption amount at the time the bond matures. Greta can buy a zero-coupon ...
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Expressing a summation using matrix algebra

Consider the $r \times n$ matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} X_{11} & X_{12} & \cdots & X_{1n} \\ X_{21} & X_{22} & \cdots & X_{2n} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ ...
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Confused about Effective Rate of Discount- Theory of Interest

I'm currently reading Kellison's book, The Theory of Interest. I've reached the chapter on Effective Rate of Discount and it's somewhat confusing. The book explains it as a loan where interest is paid ...
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Beta distribution for exam P?

I had a quick question regarding the beta distribution and exam P for actuaries. From the recommended books that I have seem, beta distribution does not seem like it is likely to show up on the P ...
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Text on Probability Theory applied to Actuarial Science

I am a senior undergraduate who has passed the first three actuarial exams on probability (P), financial mathematics (FM), and models for financial economics (MFE). I am working on passing the life ...
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Two questions on nominal rates of interest

I'm reading Marcel B. Finan's A Basic Course in the Theory of Interest and Derivatives Markets: A Preparation for the Actuarial Exam FM/2 and have difficulty with two of his questions. Problem 9.6 ...
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Expected value and life

Let $e_{x} = \int_{0}^{\infty} p_{x}(t) \ dt$ where $p_{x}(t)$ is the probability that a person aged $x$ will survive at least $t$ more years. Why is $e_{x} \leq e_{x+1}+1$? We know that $e_{x} \geq ...
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Deriving a property regarding variance.

I am studying for the P-exam for actuaries and I've encountered a property that said, $Var(x\pm y)=Var(x)+Var(y)$ I come from a math major and it has been years since I was taught statistics or ...
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Remembering the mean and variance of Poisson vs Exponential

I am having the P-Exam for actuaries on September and I am trying to work on my details. One of the troubles that I have is to remember the difference between Poisson and Exponential distribution. I ...
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How is this the right answer?

In a survey of customer satisfaction, participants are asked to give a score of 1,2,3 or 4 to each of the 6 questions. If participants are instructed not to give the same numerical score to more than ...
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Methods of solving this exam FM problem with geometric-investments.

The problem I am working on is as follows. Matthew makes a series of payments at the beginning of each year for $20$ years. The first payment is $100$. Each subsequent payment through the tenth ...
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Identity of $I_t$ under annuity with principal $1$

I am trying to prove an identity and quite not get there. The following is the premise. One deposits $\$1$ at time $t=1,2, \cdots ,n$. evenly spaced. The effective interest per payment is $i$. ...
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Darth Vader Rule: what is the reason for its name, and a formal proof?

I often hear the term "Darth Vader Rule" when calculating the expected value using the survival function and taking the integral where it is defined. I am not quite sure why it is called that (is it ...
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Bonds and Force of Interest

Studying for FM/2 and ran into this problem dealing with bonds; A 1,000 par value 3 year bond with annual coupons of 50 for the first year, 70 for the second year, and 90 for the third year is bought ...
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How to find limits of integration on a convolution of CRVs

In finding the convolution of two independent and continuous random variables, I am struggling with limits of integration. I cannot seem to figure out over what intervals the probability density ...
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How would I determine whether these events are independent?

I'm studying for CAS/SOA Exam 1/P and I'm stumped on this question. It says: From the set of families with two children a family is selected at random. Let $X_1=1$ if the first child of the family ...
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Converting an Annuity due to Annuity immediate

I'm working on the following problem at the moment while preparing for an exam. Find the present value of payments of 200 every six months starting immediately and continuing through four years from ...
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What is the probability that at least 2 professors (out of 100) pick the same course (out of 200)?

Suppose each of 100 professors in a large mathematics department picks at random one of 200 courses. What is the probability that at least two professors pick the same course? The answer given in 1 - ...
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Annuity problem, calculating the accumulated value.

the following is the problem I am trying to work on. Kathryn deposits 100 into an account at the beggining of each 4 year period for 40 years. The account credits interest at an effective annual ...
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Intuitive understanging of re-investment.

There was an interesting problem that I would like to have some input from people who knows a bit of finance. The following is the situation. Smith loans $\$10,000$ for $i=5\%$ for $10$ years. ...
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Notation in Actuarial text

I am not very knowledgeable in Actuarial Sciences, but I was looking at a text, and found a notation, which I cannot find any references to. What does: $_{2|2}q_{1} = 0.288$ mean? I don't think it ...
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Perpetuity Immediate Present Value Question

A perpetuity-immediate pays $X per year. Brian receives the first n payments, Colleen receives the next n payments, and Jeff receives the remaining payments. Brian's share of the present value of ...
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Variable substitution in probability

In modeling the number of claims filed by an individual under an automobile policy during a three-year period, an actuary makes the simplifying assumption that for all integers $n \ge 0$, ...
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SOA Exam P Question: Exponential Distribution

Here is an Exam P problem as I have it. That is, it was passed down to me from someone else and I am unsure if the wording is exactly as it was originally posted. I've tried searching for this ...
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How to convert interest rate to discount factor

I'm studying on Kellison's Theory of Interest and I'm stuck on the exercise 20/a of the 1st chapter. If the $i=0.1$ then $d = 0.0901$ $d_5=\frac{A_5-A_4}{A_5}$ when I insert $d$ into this ...
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Simplifying $\sum_{t=1}^{n}t^2v^t$ using actuarial notation.

In financial mathematics involving immunization, I encounter situations where I am trying to calculate $$(A) \quad v+4v^2+9v^3+ \cdots +n^2v^n=\sum_{t=1}^{n}t^2v^t $$ where $v$ is the present value ...
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Macaulay duration for a coupon bond. Proof

I am working on showing the following. There is a coupon bond redeemable at par with annual coupon rate $r$ per year. The yield to maturity is $i$. The total number of coupons is $n$. Show ...
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Are there other accumulation functions that holds $a(n-t)={a(n) \over a(t)}$?

This might be a beginner's question regarding accumulation methods and their functions, but so far I have learned that compound interest satisfy $$a(n-t)={a(n) \over a(t)}$$ Which allows nice ...
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How to remember the Jacobian

the following is the problem that I was working on. Let $f(x,y)=8xy$ for $0<x<y<1$. What is the joint density function of $W={X \over Y}$ and $Z=Y$? Since I am self studying this ...
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“Taxes and Option Prices” (question about Derivatives Markets by McDonald)

Thanks in advance for any help, and please tell me if there's anything I can do to make things clearer. I am having trouble understanding appendix 10.A to Derivatives Markets by Robert L. McDonald. ...
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Reinvesting the interest (generalized version)

If I deposit \$1 at $t=0$ into an account which credits interest at the end of each year at a force of interest $\delta_t$ (assume it's integrable.) Then, if I reinvest the interest at an annual ...
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Finding ratio of interest rates

I'm reading through Marcel B. Finan's A Basic Course in the Theory of Interest and Derivatives Markets: A Preparation for the Actuarial Exam FM/2 on my own and am unsure how to proceed with a question ...
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What is some math subject area that could widely apply to acturial science?

What is some math subject area that could widely apply to actuarial science? I know that an actuary mainly deals with stochastic processes (stochastic calculus) / probabilty, statistics, calculus.
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What does it mean that the probability density function is proportional to a function?

I'm studying for SOA/CAS Exam P and I have a problem that says that $X$ is a continuous and positive random variable whose probability density function is proportional to: $$\frac{1}{(1+x)^5}$$ Where ...
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What is a discount?

I am learning some financial terms and am having trouble understanding what a discount $d$ is. Numerically, I understand that it is defined as $\frac{i}{1+i}$ but I do not intuitively understand what ...