Seminar on Predictive Modeling Set for Chicago Sept. 19-20

September 13, 2005

The application of predictive modeling techniques by actuaries to areas as diverse as marketing, underwriting, fraud detection, retention, cross-sell analyses, and rating, including the use credit information for pricing purposes, will be addressed during sessions of the 2005 CAS Seminar on Predictive Modeling scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

Data mining author and educator Michael Berry is the featured speaker. An author of three data-mining books, Berry will speak to attendees on the theme “data as a substitute for cleverness” during the seminar’s opening general session scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

A variety of concurrent sessions will follow, with basic- and intermediate-level offerings on predictive modeling and analytic techniques such as:

Generalized Linear Models (GLM);
Classification And Regression Trees (CART);
Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines (MARS);
Neural Networks;
Generalized Additive Models (GAM);
Clustering and Bootstrapping;
Model Validation.

The seminar is intended for actuaries and other insurance professionals at all levels who wish to learn about the potential uses of predictive modeling. Key topics of discussion will be data sources, business strategies behind predictive modeling projects, and model implementation

The fee for the seminar is $725 for active candidates, Affiliates, Associates and Fellows of the CAS and $825 for non-CAS members. Details are available on the CAS Web Site at

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