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Time Series Data Mining with an Application to the Measurement of Underwriting Cycles

Owadally, M. I ORCID: 0000-0002-0830-3554, Zhou, F., Otunba, R., Lin, J. and Wright, I. D. (2019). Time Series Data Mining with an Application to the Measurement of Underwriting Cycles. North American Actuarial Journal,


Underwriting cycles are believed to pose a risk management challenge to property casualty insurers. The classical statistical methods that are used to model these cycles and to estimate their length assume linearity and give inconclusive results. Instead, we propose to use novel Time Series Data Mining algorithms to detect and estimate periodicity on U.S. property-casualty insurance markets. These algorithms are in increasing use in Data Science and are applied to Big Data. We describe several such algorithms and focus on two periodicity detection schemes. Estimates of cycle periods on industry-wide loss ratios, for all lines combined and for four specific lines, are provided. One of the methods appears to be robust to trends and to outliers.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in North American Actuarial Journal, to be available online:
Publisher Keywords: Data science, Algorithms, Big Data, Periodicity, Artificial Intelligence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Departments: Cass Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
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