About Actuarial Data Scientist Program : First edition - Module 2

Actuarial Data Scientist Program : First edition - Module 2

IA|BE is organizing for the first time in its history a training program that will offer the possibility to obtain a certificate: the IA|BE Actuarial Data Scientist  Certificate.

The objective of the training is to provide to the participants a deep understanding of key Data Science methods, their domain of applicability, key results of interest for practitioners and connections with the classical actuarial methods.

Moreover, the program emphasizes on applied programming practice and demystifies concepts such as model deployment in a corporate environment, MLOps, Object-Oriented programming, code management tools (e.g. Github), and principles of software engineering. For this purpose, Python has been chosen as programming language.

The program consists of 3 modules, each of which is followed by an assignment.

Each module consists of 4 theory sessions and 4 programming sessions.

The theory sessions will be given by the professors of the KU Leuven, UC Louvain and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

For the programming sessions, the Board of IA|BE has decided to cooperate with Reacfin and a team of KU Leuven affiliated researchers in (insurance) data science, coordinated by prof. K. Antonio.

Participants who successfully complete the 3 modules will receive the Certificate of IA|BE Actuarial Data Scientist.

Each of these modules can also be taken separately.

Important remark: The detailed content of the various sessions of the modules may still be adjusted in the course of the next few days on the basis of the information we will receive from the various speakers.

Module 2: Popular machine learning ensemble based methods using decision trees for classification and regression

This module gradually introduces classification and regression trees up to competition winning ensemble methods for classification and regression problems.

Participants will explore how ensembles of decision trees achieve superior performance and learn how to calibrate them in practice. The module will also include one session on clustering, a common Data Science application.

Price :

  • When registering for the full programme of 3 Modules : 800 € / Module
  • Otherwise : 1 000 € / Module

Practical information:

The sessions will be set up online at the start. When, in the course of the programme, it becomes possible to have the sessions physically (at the Actuarial House) and online at the same time, participants will be informed and will be able to choose the format in which they wish to participate.

In order to guarantee optimal training conditions and interactivity of the programming sessions, the number of participants is currently limited to 20.

Schedule of Module 2: Machine Learning for Classification and Regressions

Day 1, Tuesday, 1 February
16:00 - 18:00 Decision Trees in classification and regression (Part I) By TRUFIN Julien
Day 2, Tuesday, 8 February
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : Basics of regression and classification trees in Python
Day 3, Tuesday, 15 February
16:00 - 18:00 Decision Trees in classification and regression (Part II) By TRUFIN Julien
Day 4, Tuesday, 22 February
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : From simple regression and classification trees to ensembles of trees (bagging and random forests)
Day 5, Tuesday, 8 March
16:00 - 18:00 Theory Boosted and Bagged ensembles By TRUFIN Julien
Day 6, Tuesday, 15 March
16:00 - 18:00 Programming: Stochastic gradient boosting machines and XGBoost
Day 7, Tuesday, 22 March
16:00 - 18:00 Clustering methods By HAINAUT Donatien
Day 8, Tuesday, 29 March
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : Clustering
18:00 - 23:59 Assignment after Module 2

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Ticket type Price
Members (Per Module) € 1,000.00
Members (Price/Module in case of participating in the whole program of the 3 modules) € 800.00
Non-members (Per Module) € 1,250.00
Non-members (Price/Module in case of participating in the whole program of the 3 modules) € 1,000.00