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This course introduces the stochastic models used by actuaries to model both liabilities and assets and illustrates their applications in actuarial work. Topics covered include main features of a Markov chain and applications to experience rating; Markov process models and applications to insurance, survival, sickness and marriage models; simple time series models including random walk and auto-regressive models and their application to investment variables; methods for simulation of a stochastic process. Students will be expected to implement models using the R software in a numerical computer package.


UNSW Business School

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite:ACTL2131 or MATH2901 and (enrolment in 3154, 3155, 3586, 3587, 3588, 3589 or 4737)

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