Time series analysis

Piet de Jong*

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This chapter deals with the analysis of measurements over time, called time series analysis. Examples of time series include inflation and unemployment indices, stock prices, currency cross rates, monthly sales, the quarterly number of claims made to an insurance company, outstanding liabilities of a company over time, internet traffic, temperature and rainfall, and the number of mortgage defaults. Time series analysis aims to explain and model the relationship between values of the time series at different points of time. Models include ARIMA, structural, and stochastic volatility models and their extensions. The first two classes of models explain the level and expected future level of a time series. The last class seeks to model the change over time in variability or volatility of a time series. Time series analysis is critical to prediction and forecasting. This chapter explains and summarizes modern time series modeling as used in insurance, actuarial studies, and related areas such as finance. Modeling is illustrated with examples, analyzed with the R statistical package.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPredictive Modeling Applications in Actuarial Science
Subtitle of host publicationVolume I : Predictive Modeling Techniques
EditorsEdward W. Frees, Richard A. Derrig, Glenn Meyers
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781139342674
ISBN (Print)9781107029873
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Finance and accountancy
  • Finance and insurance
  • Statistics for econometrics


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