A Neural Network Boosted Double Over-Dispersed Poisson Claims Reserving Model
30 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 4, 2019
We present an actuarial loss reserving technique that takes into account both claim counts and claim amounts. Separate (over-dispersed) Poisson models for the claim counts and the claim amounts are combined by a joint embedding into a neural network architecture. As starting point of the neural network calibration we use exactly these two separate (over-dispersed) Poisson models. Such a nested model can be interpreted as a boosting machine. It allows us for joint modeling and mutual learning of claim counts and claim amounts beyond the two individual (over-dispersed) Poisson models. Moreover, this choice of neural network initialization guarantees stability and accelerates representation learning.
Keywords: cross-classified over-dispersed Poisson model, claims reserving in insurance, chain-ladder reserves, double chain-ladder, neural network, embedding, claim counts, claim amounts, learning across portfolios, boosting
JEL Classification: G22, C02, C13, C15, C45, C50, C51, C52, C53
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