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#31
01-21-2019, 02:45 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

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 Originally Posted by Chappy I'm getting confused as to what we have to derive from first principles for the beta distribution and what formulas we are allowed to use. For example, question 5.12 ASM (13th edition maybe?) has a survival function of a beta distribution and gives you the force of mortality and the complete future life time. They ask you to calculate what the exponent of the beta distribution is. In the solution, they use the fact that it is a beta distribution and skip right to r/(w-y) for force of morality and (w-y)/(r+1) for future life time. Are we allowed to use these formulas on the test? I thought I read somewhere that you need to derive all formulas for beta. What happens on a test if you use a formula that isn't given but and you arrive at the right answer? For this question, it is much faster to use these formulas and if it is just a one point deduction then I think I would rather take that hit and continue on the test than to spend 5 minutes deriving the formulas.
The exam won't test for understanding beta distributions. I would just memorize.
#32
01-21-2019, 02:51 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

Just an advice to people taking this exam: Understanding isn't as important as being able to memorize and recall the formulas in the formula sheets.

I would get comfortable with all the formulas first before trying to get a deep understanding of the material.
#33
01-21-2019, 02:55 PM
 Chappy Member SOA Join Date: Mar 2016 Location: Chicago Studying for MLC College: University of Michigan Posts: 69

S0(x) = (k^2 - x)^0.5/k

What is S30(x)?

I thought it was [(k^2 - x)/(k^2 - 30)]^0.5 but don't think this is correct.
Is it [(k^2 - x - 30)/(k^2 - 30)]^0.5?
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#34
01-21-2019, 02:56 PM
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 Originally Posted by Chappy S0(x) = (k^2 - x)^0.5/k What is S30(x)? I thought it was [(k^2 - x)/(k^2 - 30)]^0.5 but don't think this is correct. Is it [(k^2 - x - 30)/(k^2 - 30)]^0.5?
Express S30(x) using S0(30 + x) and S0(30)

Future lifetime of a newborn is 30 + x, not x, so your 2nd expression is correct.

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#35
01-21-2019, 02:59 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

Again, I highly recommend you just memorize the formulas instead of trying to understand them.

Almost everyone I know who has problems with this exam tried to understand concepts when they should have been memorizing formulas.
#36
01-21-2019, 03:31 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

The University of Michigan is known for having a strong math department.

You should crush this exam easily. I have a 470 SAT Math score, and I crushed this exam.
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01-21-2019, 06:05 PM
 Colymbosathon ecplecticos Member Join Date: Dec 2003 Posts: 6,196

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 Originally Posted by NotSmart The University of Michigan is known for having a strong math department. You should crush this exam easily. I have a 470 SAT Math score, and I crushed this exam.

Your math degree is from Capital Community College, right? That's what your profile indicates. Just curious.
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#38
01-21-2019, 08:12 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

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 Originally Posted by Colymbosathon ecplecticos Your math degree is from Capital Community College, right? That's what your profile indicates. Just curious.
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Where does it say that?
#39
01-21-2019, 08:29 PM
 Gandalf Site Supporter Site Supporter SOA Join Date: Nov 2001 Location: Middle Earth Posts: 31,531

Your profile says your college is Capital Community College. It does not say you got a math degree. Is it wrong?
#40
01-21-2019, 08:31 PM
 NotSmart Member SOA Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Hartford, CT Studying for Exam PA College: Capital Community College Posts: 82

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 Originally Posted by Gandalf Your profile says your college is Capital Community College. It does not say you got a math degree. Is it wrong?
I did not major in math. I got my Associate's in General Studies.
I'm not sure where he got the idea I majored in Math.

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