A note on the Taylor series expansions for multivariate characteristics of classical risk processes

M A Usábel

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Abstract

The series expansion introduced by Frey and Schmidt (1996) [Taylor Series expansion for multivariate characteristics of classical risk processes. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 18, 1-12.] constitutes an original approach in approximating multivariate characteristics of classical ruin processes, specially ruin probabilities within finite time with certain surplus prior to ruin and severity of ruin. This approach can be considered alternative to inversion of Laplace transforms for particular claim size distributions [Gerber, H., Goovaerts, M., Kaas, R., 1987. On the probability and severity of ruin. ASTIN Bulletin 17(2), 151-163; Dufresne, F., Gerber, H., 1988a. The probability and severity of ruin for combinations of exponential claim amount distributions and their translations. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 7, 75-80; Dufresne, F., Gerber, H., 1988b. The surpluses immediately before and at ruin, and the amount of the claim causing ruin. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 7, 193-199.] or discretization of the claim size and time [Dickson, C., 1989. Recursive calculation of the probability and severity of ruin. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 8, 145-148; Dickson, C., Waters, H., 1992. The probability and severity of ruin in finite and infinite time. ASTIN Bulletin 22(2), 177-190; Dickson, C., 1993. On the distribution of the claim causing ruin. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 12, 143-154.] applying the so-called Panjer's recursive algorithm [Panjer, H.H., 1981. Recursive calculation of a family of compound distributions. ASTIN Bulletin 12, 22-26.]. We will prove that the recursive relation involved in the calculations of the the nth derivative with respect to ? - average number of claims in the time unit - of the multivariate finite time ruin probability (developed in the original paper by Frey and Schmidt (1996) can be simplified. The cited simplification leads to a substantial reduction in the number of multiple integrals used in the calculations and makes the series expansion approach more appealing for practical implementation. © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalInsurance: Mathematics and Economics
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1999

Keywords

  • Finite time ruin probability
  • Recursive methods
  • Series expansion
  • Severity of ruin
  • Surplus prior to ruin

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