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Old 05-16-2018, 03:14 PM
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Is anyone here doing the SOA's predective analytics program? See the link below:

https://www.soa.org/predictive-analy...icate/default/

I'm considering it, but was hoping to get some feedback on the quality/experience first since it is pretty pricey.
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Is anyone here doing the SOA's predective analytics program? See the link below:

https://www.soa.org/predictive-analy...icate/default/

I'm considering it, but was hoping to get some feedback on the quality/experience first since it is pretty pricey.
What are you hoping to get out of it? I think the answer to that question alone gives a lot of information on if this will be useful for you or not and if the cost is justified.

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What are you hoping to get out of it? I think the answer to that question alone gives a lot of information on if this will be useful for you or not and if the cost is justified.

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basically, if you are after letters like CERA, then this isn't for you as it only gives you a "certificate of completion".

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basically, if you are after letters like CERA, then this isn't for you as it only gives you a "certificate of completion".
Not after letters; I just want to understand the material. It's a moot point anyways, as the registration is full (despite the SOA website still saying that they are open for registration). Frustrating
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Not after letters; I just want to understand the material. It's a moot point anyways, as the registration is full (despite the SOA website still saying that they are open for registration). Frustrating
it's $3600. your company would pay for it? (I noticed your bio says "Studying for FAP")
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Looks like the next session with open seats is in November. This would be a great way to get CE but not sure it's worth the $3600
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it's $3600. your company would pay for it? (I noticed your bio says "Studying for FAP")
Ooops, guess I should update that. I got my FSA years ago.

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Looks like the next session with open seats is in November. This would be a great way to get CE but not sure it's worth the $3600
It says there are open seats, but if you try to register it says that it's full.
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Looks like the next session with open seats is in November. This would be a great way to get CE but not sure it's worth the $3600
I don't recall all the details of what qualifies for CE, but I thought there was some self-study ways to get CE? Way cheaper than $3600, lol.

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I don't recall all the details of what qualifies for CE, but I thought there was some self-study ways to get CE? Way cheaper than $3600, lol.

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depends...Hawaii 2019 may cost more than that
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I feel like you could spend a few hundred dollars on books and Udemy courses and learn these topics. Packt is a decent site that has sales for online access to their books as well. There's also some free books that are good.

Also, the SOA has the application of statistical techniques module that only costs $200. Granted, doesn't cover all of those topics but gives a good start.

https://www.soa.org/education/exam-r...stat-tech.aspx

Some free materials to get you started:
R For Data Science
Intro to Statistical Learning
Forecasting (good for time series which is useful but not included in the SOA program)
Youtube Videos on Bayesian Analysis (goes through "Statistical Rethinking" book)

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