Big mistakes of data analytics when applied to risk and insurance


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Data analytics in insurance offers unparalleled opportunities for new product design, risk selection, distribution, and modernizing the customer experience. These changes are also likely to pose potential problems like, for instance, security considerations of cloud computing, model risk from use of predictive models and insufficient technological skills of human resources. In this talk, Montserrat Guillen will present her views on some fundamental mistakes in the implementation of data analytic solutions in the insurance landscape, from data protection and data curation to the misuse of predictive modelling. She will also discuss the dangers of perpetuating the work in silos which, for decades, has characterized actuarial departments. She will advocate for a multidisciplinary approach. She will also show that standard analytics and statistical methods have a tendency to concentrate on the average, while risk is about the rare and extreme cases. Moreover, the majority of the existing methods ignore the dependencies between the data observations currently available in company databases. Overcoming these mistakes will result in a more dynamic, competitive, and innovative industry.

Date and time: 
Thursday 14 September 2017, 16:00 - 18:30
co-organized by the National Bank of Belgium and the actuarial research groups of KU Leuven, UCL and ULB
Montserrat Guillen, Dept. of Econometrics, Riskcenter-IREA, University of Barcelona
Auditorium Room A, rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 61, 1000 Brussels
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