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Actuarial Methods

  1. Steven Haberman

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a02001

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

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Haberman, S. 2005. Actuarial Methods. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 1.

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  1. Cass Business School, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Actuarial methods overlap with biostatistics in a number of important areas including the development and application of the survival model, and its extensions—the multiple decrement and multiple state models; projections of populations that involve extrapolations of demographic and biostatistical rates and probabilities; parametric and nonparametric methods of smoothing and curve fitting (known as graduation); and risk classification. In each of these areas, actuarial science has followed the innovations in statistical and biostatistical theory and application and developed these further for specific actuarial applications.


  • insurance;
  • actuary;
  • risk;
  • life table;
  • multiple state;
  • survival;
  • projection;
  • graduation