On 1 March I gave the Worshipful Company of Actuaries lecture at Heriot-Watt University. Here’s the abstract: Being an actuary nowadays is all about modelling, and in this lecture I’ll discuss how we should go about it. We all know that all models are wrong but some are useful – what does this mean in [...] Read more
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I love the Guardian’s datablog. It consistently presents large quantities of data in interesting interactive ways. Yesterday it took data from the annual survey of hours and earnings, and presented it in three different ways: Choose a salary, and see how earnings for different jobs compare Choose a job, and see what the earnings are [...] Read more
A month ago I, like many other general insurance actuaries, was at GIRO, our annual conference. There were around 650 people there, slightly under 20% of whom were women. And the proportion of speakers who were women was even lower (many thanks to Kathryn Morgan for the stats). I think it’s fair to say that [...] Read more
I missed Ada Lovelace day! It was last week, and is intended to recognise women in maths, science and technology. Ada Lovelace was Byron’s daughter, and worked on Babbage’s Analytic Engine, and has been called the world’s first computer programmer.