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ACTEX eLearning Webinar: Data Science for Actuarial Managers [On-Demand]
Author: Fannin
Availability: In-Stock
Publisher: ACTEX
1-2 participants & 1 connection [On-Demand] - $69.00
3-9 participants & 1 connection [On-Demand] - $199.00
10+ participants & 1 connection [On-Demand] - $289.00
10+ participants & Multi-connection [On-Demand] - $499.00


ACTEX Learning Presents:

ACTEX eLearning Webinar:
Data Science for Actuarial Managers

Co-Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries

1.8 SOA/EA CPD, CAS CE Credits/Training Hours
This is a potential source of 1.5 hours of CPD for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries


Sure, everyone wants to say that their company has embraced "data science", but what does that even mean? If you're an actuary, you may well ask, "If I've not been using data science all these years, what exactly have I been doing?" And if you manage a team of actuaries, are you managing a data science team? What should you be telling them to do? Are they doing it well?

This webinar is designed to help you answer those questions. Moreover, it will give you a leg up on understanding and evaluating the array of new technologies that folks on your team, or in your company are talking about. Allocation of your team's time represents a significant investment. Data science offers the promise of maximizing the return on that investment, but only if your people are learning and using the right tools.

So, if you're confused by a confusion matrix, naive about naive Bayes, or if you want to know the difference between a cluster and a net, this webinar will help you sort things out.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why you need to stop using spreadsheets today, right now
  • Common data storage and access designs
  • What data science tools exist and how they differ
  • What data science algorithms exist and how they differ from traditional actuarial techniques.
  • Which data science methods are best for each situation
  • Tools for collaboration and reproducible research

NOTE: Although I will touch on the topic of "big" data, I will only superficially cover specific implementations like map-reduce, Hadoop, Spark and other technologies. Also note that when talking about data science tools, the emphasis will be on general purpose, open-source technology.

Who Should Attend This Webinar?

This webinar is intended for individuals who have been practicing actuaries for a number of years and are, or expect to be, managers. No prior knowledge of data science per se is expected.

Instructor Brian A. Fannin, ACAS

Please take a moment to read Brian's story in the ACTEX Blog: "My Journey with R"

Brian is the founder and captain of PirateGrunt LLC, an actuarial, data and predictive modelling consultancy. Brian has held a number of positions at both primary and excess insurance companies, both in the US and overseas. He is the chair of the CAS open source software committee, with a focus on R. His principle areas of research are in stochastic reserving, predictive modelling and visualization of data. He is the author of the MRMR, raw, represtools and Imaginator R packages.

Here’s What Participants Said about Brian’s Last Webinar:

“…I thought this presentation was PERFECT for someone like me … I think Brian explained the intention of the ggplot2 package in the way that Hadley Wickham would want it explained and it is an explanation that I had been missing prior to the presentation. A lot of lightbulbs went off in my head during this presentation.  … This was an impactful presentation that will actually improve the efficiency and quality of my work (and I can't say that about too many presentations...).”

“As an entry-level candidate, I found that this seminar can be a huge benefit in my career search with respect to my ePortfolio. Having case studies or other data analyses with the plots I've learned today should make for some serious second looks into the artifacts themselves.”

“It was fantastic, I use R nowadays a lot, but wasn't aware of having such a good package for plotting. The presentation itself was also very good, tempo perfect, I hope I can listen to you once again.”

“Appreciated the step-by-step walk through from data to client-ready visualization.”

Corporate Customers:
ACTEX will provide a self-registration site and activation key for your participants. The first 100 participants to use the key will be enrolled in this webinar. This makes it easy to offer continuing professional development opportunities without the need for added administrative attention.

The registration fee includes 180-day unlimited on-demand access to this event and the handouts.
All prices are in USD.

Please Note:  Participants must agree to the Site Policy in order to access this webinar.

EA Credit Information:

The Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries (JBEA) has approved ACTEX as a qualifying sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE) programs for enrolled actuaries.

ACTEX believes in good faith that you may earn continuing professional education (CPE) non-core non-ethics credits under the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries (JBEA) rules for attending this webinar. The JBEA makes the final determination about what constitutes core, non-core, ethics, or non-ethics CPE and the number of CPE credit hours allocated.

What is the difference between 10+ participants & 1-connection and 10+ participants & Multi-connection?

'Connection' refers to how many participants will access our Webinar by signing-in at

Customers who have purchased a 1-connection option will have the purchaser sign-in and share the video on their monitor (or via video-conference, Skype or other video sharing format) with up to the number of participants purchased for. Username and password information is not to be shared with the other participants. 

Customers who have purchased our Multi-connection option will be sent login information and an access key. Each participant will then be able to login on their own computer, with their own username & password, at their own convenience.


  • Access information is sent to the email address listed under Shipping Information on your order.
  • If you have 8+ participants needing their own access you should select our Multi-connection option for the best value.
  • All registrations include 180-day unlimited on-demand access to the Webinar and the handouts.

Discount for Full-Time Students:
Students with current enrollment as a full-time student at any college/university are eligible for a 50% discount off ACTEX Webinar 1-2 participant options. In order to access this discount, please email proof of enrollment using your college/university e-mail address to Examples of enrollment proof would be a copy of your registration information, or an unofficial transcript.

Discount for Active Military Personnel:
Active U.S. Military personnel are eligible for a 50% discount off ACTEX Webinar 1-2 participant options. In order to access this discount, please email us at from your military email address.

Discount for Educators:
Faculty members of any accredited higher-education institution are eligible for a 50% discount off ACTEX Webinars. In order to access this discount, please contact us via email at using your college/university e-mail address.

Discount for Regulatory Actuaries:
Regulatory Actuaries (Regulators) are eligible for a 30% discount off ACTEX Webinars. In order to access this discount, please contact us via email at using your government e-mail address.