cyEffTest: Testing for Calendar Year Effect

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note Author(s) References See Also Examples

View source: R/TriangleTests.R

Description

One of the three basic assumptions underlying the chain ladder method is the independence of the accident years. The function tests this assumption.

Usage

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cyEffTest(Triangle, ci = 0.95)

Arguments

Triangle

cumulative claims triangle. Assume columns are the development period, use transpose otherwise. A (mxn)-matrix C_{ik} which is filled for k ≤q n+1-i; i=1,…,m; m≥q n , see qpaid for how to use (mxn)-development triangles with m<n, say higher development period frequency (e.g quarterly) than origin period frequency (e.g accident years).

ci

confidence interval. Default: .95. A confidence interval is a type of interval estimate, computed from the statis tics of the observed data, that might contain the true value of an unknown population parameter. The interval has an associated confidence level that quantifies the level of confidence that the parameter lies in the interval.

Details

The main reason why this independence can be violated in practice is the fact that there could be certain calendar year effects such as major changes in claims handling or in case reserving or external influences such as substantial changes in court decisions or inflation.

As described by the Mack's 1994 paper a procedure is designed to test for calendar year influences.

The procedure returns a summary statistic Z which is assumed to be Normally Distributed. It is therefore possible to define a confidence interval threshold in order to evaluate the outcome of the test.

Value

cyEffTest returns a list with the following elements

test_table

complete table of results

Z

summary statistic

E

expected value of the resulting distribution

Var

variance of the resulting distribution

Range

vector of the range corresponding the confidence interval threshold selected

ci

confidence interval

Note

Additional references for further reading:

Thomas Mack. Distribution-free calculation of the standard error of chain ladder reserve estimates. Astin Bulletin. Vol. 23. No 2. 1993. pp.213:225

Thomas Mack. The standard error of chain ladder reserve estimates: Recursive calculation and inclusion of a tail factor. Astin Bulletin. Vol. 29. No 2. 1999. pp.361:366

Author(s)

Marco De Virgilis devirgilis.marco@gmail.com

References

Mack, T., Measuring the Variability of Chain Ladder Reserve Estimates, Casualty Actuarial Society Forum, Spring 1994

See Also

See also qpaid for dealing with non-square triangles, dfCorTest for the test for correlations between subsequent development factors, chainladder for the chain-ladder method, summary.cyEffTest, plot.cyEffTest

Examples

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# Before actually applying the Chain Ladder technique it is necessary to check
# wether the triangle has Calendar Year Effect

# Apply the function to the triangle and save the output into the variable test
test <- cyEffTest(RAA)

# Plot the confidence interval and the test metric
plot(test)

# The metric is within the confidence interval, therefore the triangle doesn't
# have Calendar Year Effect

# Print the summary table
summary(test)

# Print only the main outcomes
print(test)
# The test has returned a negative outcome. This means that the triangle is 
# not affected by Caledar Year Effect and therefore the chain ladder method 
# can be applied.

Example output

Welcome to ChainLadder version 0.2.11

Type vignette('ChainLadder', package='ChainLadder') to access
the overall package documentation.

See demo(package='ChainLadder') for a list of demos.

More information is available on the ChainLadder project web-site:
https://github.com/mages/ChainLadder

To suppress this message use:
suppressPackageStartupMessages(library(ChainLadder))

$Table
  j S_j L_j Z_j n m    E_Zj    Var_Zj
1 2   1   1   1 2 0 0.50000 0.2500000
2 3   3   0   0 3 1 0.75000 0.1875000
3 4   3   1   1 4 1 1.25000 0.4375000
4 5   1   3   1 4 1 1.25000 0.4375000
5 6   1   3   1 4 1 1.25000 0.4375000
6 7   2   4   2 6 2 2.06250 0.6210938
7 8   4   4   4 8 3 2.90625 0.8037109
8 9   4   4   4 8 3 2.90625 0.8037109

$Totals
          Totals
Z      14.000000
E[Z]   12.875000
Var[Z]  3.978516

$Range
          Value
Lower  8.965613
Upper 16.784387

Calendar Year Effect

Z = 14

95%-Range = ( 8.965613 ; 16.78439 )

Calendar Year Effect: FALSE

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