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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Time Series
Module Code MS447
School School of Mathematical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorProfessor John ApplebyOffice NumberX133
Level 4 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
The module aims to explain fundamental concepts of a generalised linear model (GLM) and explain the situations in which such a model will apply. It also seeks to introduce the main conceptsunderlying the analysis of Time Series models. It aims to cover the syllabus of the Time Series part of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Core Technical subject CT6.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this model students should be able to:
  1. Understand the role and scope of the General Linear Model;
  2. Apply time series models to problems in insurance and finance;
  3. Diagnose the type of a time series from data;
  4. Be able to apply Monte-Carlo simulation techniques to problems in non-life insurance mathematics.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 36
Tutorials 12
Independent Learning Time 64.5

Total 112.5
Assume that a 7.5 credit module load represents approximately 112.5 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Generalised Linear Model: Exponential family of distributions, link function. Prediction. Parameter estimation in a GLM. Deviance and deviance residuals. CT6 - [viii]
Time Series: Stationary, integrated time series. Filtering. Linear time series: AR, ARMA, ARIMA. Random walk theory applied to time series. CT6 - [ix] 1 -11
Applications of Time Series: Diagnostics of time series. Applications of theory to investment variables and financial time series. Deterministic forecasts. CT6 - [ix] 12 -13
Monte Carlo simulation: Pseudo-random number generation. Generation of random variates. Variance reduction. Simulation of time series. Reliability of simulation. CT6 - [x]
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Indicative Reading List

Acted materials for CT6

J. Franke, W. Hardle, C. Hafner. Statistics of Financial Markets, Springer, 2003.

P. Brockwell, R. Davis. Time Series: Theory and Methods, Springer, 1991.

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