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Old 03-24-2005, 12:17 AM
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Question CRAN vs. Prophet

I am aware that some (a couple as far as I know) universities offering Actuarial Science use Prophet whereas another (which I know of) use CRAN (R language). Which is more applicable? What are the pros and cons? Will knowing one enable me to know another?
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I am aware that some (a couple as far as I know) universities offering Actuarial Science use Prophet whereas another (which I know of) use CRAN (R language). Which is more applicable? What are the pros and cons? Will knowing one enable me to know another?
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are you talking about some sort of computer languages?
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:08 AM
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I see Prophet skills requested more frequently than CRAN.
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Let's just say that I have never heard of CRAN.
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If CRAN is an "R language", I suppose that means it too is a freeware derivative of the S language in S-Plus, a statistical package, and not a financial modeling system. Prophet, on the other hand, is a modeling system for actuaries (not a statistical analysis package like S-Plus) that has its own language for users to use for writing custom modifications and other analytics. I think you're asking for a comparison between an apple and an orange.
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You have CRAN confused with R.

CRAN = Comprehensive R Archive Network. It is that collection of software, utilities and documentation that underpin and complement R, the statistical language that is a clone of S/S-Plus.
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http://cran.us.r-project.org/

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What are R and CRAN?

R is `GNU S', a freely available language and environment for statistical computing and graphics which provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques: linear and nonlinear modelling, statistical tests, time series analysis, classification, clustering, etc. Please consult the R project homepage for further information.

CRAN is a network of ftp and web servers around the world that store identical, up-to-date, versions of code and documentation for R. Please use the CRAN mirror nearest to you to minimize network load.
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:51 AM
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Exclamation Correction...R Language vs. Prophet

Sorry...I mean R Language compared to Prophet. So, can anyone tell me whether knowing one enables me to learn the other easily? Which is recommended? Which will give me wider knowledge?
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So in this day and age, is R the best substitute for Prophet in life valuation?
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So in this day and age, is R the best substitute for Prophet in life valuation?

I think if you donít yet have a job, R will be more useful. The skills developed when learning R will be very transferable, and if you become good with R then prophet will be a piece of cale.

There are still plenty of insurers using Prophet, and there is plenty of well paid work for good prophet developers, but I think learning R will give you a more future proof (less niche) skil set.
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