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AN EM ALGORITHM FOR FITTING A NEW CLASS OF MIXED EXPONENTIAL REGRESSION MODELS WITH VARYING DISPERSION

  • George Tzougas (a1) and Dimitris Karlis (a2)

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Regression modelling involving heavy-tailed response distributions, which have heavier tails than the exponential distribution, has become increasingly popular in many insurance settings including non-life insurance. Mixed Exponential models can be considered as a natural choice for the distribution of heavy-tailed claim sizes since their tails are not exponentially bounded. This paper is concerned with introducing a general family of mixed Exponential regression models with varying dispersion which can efficiently capture the tail behaviour of losses. Our main achievement is that we present an Expectation-Maximization (EM)-type algorithm which can facilitate maximum likelihood (ML) estimation for our class of mixed Exponential models which allows for regression specifications for both the mean and dispersion parameters. Finally, a real data application based on motor insurance data is given to illustrate the versatility of the proposed EM-type algorithm.

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AN EM ALGORITHM FOR FITTING A NEW CLASS OF MIXED EXPONENTIAL REGRESSION MODELS WITH VARYING DISPERSION

  • George Tzougas (a1) and Dimitris Karlis (a2)

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