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Old 04-29-2019, 12:43 PM
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I've seen multiple posts/comments about using the source material instead of TIA/CA. I think I am going to go this route for this sitting. Does anyone know if all of the books should be read completely or if some of them have only sections that are applicable to the exam?
The syllabus tells you for each topic which chapters from the textbooks are relevant, there's no textbook that is required reading in-full. The study notes are fully required.

https://www.casact.org/admissions/syllabus/ExamMASI.pdf

There's also a mapping of the stats and extended linear models topics to their available textbooks on the CAS website.

https://www.casact.org/admissions/sy...SI_Mapping.pdf
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I've seen multiple posts/comments about using the source material instead of TIA/CA. I think I am going to go this route for this sitting. Does anyone know if all of the books should be read completely or if some of them have only sections that are applicable to the exam?
When I studied for this exam I personally liked the Time Series book even though not a ton of material from TS was covered.

I also liked the ISLR book as an actual good read.

They both have lots of R, which I highly recommend trying out and seeing what happens (esp. if you're struggling with understanding things conceptually).
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When I studied for this exam I personally liked the Time Series book even though not a ton of material from TS was covered.

I also liked the ISLR book as an actual good read.

They both have lots of R, which I highly recommend trying out and seeing what happens (esp. if you're struggling with understanding things conceptually).
About to start preparing for the fall sitting, and I keep seeing the source material being strongly recommended over other offerings. For this, do you have to buy each of the books, or is there a better way to go about it?
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Some of the readings are free, you just download them from the CAS website.

Other books you can borrow from the CAS library if you do not want to purchase them.

That said, I would actually recommend buying the Ross book and the Tse book. Ross is a good basic statistics book that I reference frequently, and the Tse book is used extensively for MAS II also.
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The Ross textbook provides solutions to starred questions only in each chapter. Do we know where we can acquire a solutions manual or instructor's version of this text?
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The Ross textbook provides solutions to starred questions only in each chapter. Do we know where we can acquire a solutions manual or instructor's version of this text?
Quick googling got me 10th edition for free... Found the 11th edition behind a paywall (chegg). Not sure how different the 10th and 11th edition textbooks are.
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Quick googling got me 10th edition for free... Found the 11th edition behind a paywall (chegg). Not sure how different the 10th and 11th edition textbooks are.
Thanks, I'll look through the 10th and compare it to the 11th. Maybe there aren't many changes in the sections used in MAS-I.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:43 AM
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In for the Fall 2019 sitting, I'll be doing my usual and reading the source material.
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I just signed up for TIA to supplement the ASM material I've been using. I've read some comments saying that TIA is overkill on some sections - has anyone found any of the content to be particularly helpful?
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The syllabus includes Ross Section 9.5, but none of the learning objectives or knowledge statements mention the main topic of this section, increasing failure rates.
Is anyone bumping into material or questions about increasing failure rates (IFR) or increasing failure rates on the average (IFRA) in their study material?

I searched for "IFR" and "IFRA" and "increasing failure rate" in the TIA forums, but didn't come up with any results. IDK if that means that they don't cover it, or that I'm searching for it wrong. Has anyone seen it covered in Coaching Actuaries or Mahler?
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