Does anyone blog(roll) anymore? You can easily find all these links elsewhere, but here’s a few blogs, podcasts, meetups & conferences, books that I enjoy. If you’re reading this, you might like them too.
They’re all in the general theme of Machine Learning, Bayesian Statistics, Data Science and Insurance:
Thomas Wiecki’s blog <— Intuitive explanations and interesting experiments in MCMC sampling, Bayesian stats, and PyMC3. He has a podcast too
Michael Betancourt’s … many articles <— He writes a lot. He thinks a lot. Mike is an incredible contributor to the Bayesian community and I understand about half of his canonical technical case studies
Andrew Gelman’s blog <— well, of course
Colin Carrol’s blog <— Colin has published a prodigious amount of amazing work in modelling, visualisation, and software dev. I can only assume he doesn’t sleep
Arthur Charpentier’s blog <— author of the great reference Computational Actuarial Science, and many interesting articles on economics and stats
Markus Gesman’s blog <— expert on the performance management of specialty & commercial insurance in Lloyd’s, statistician and fellow Bayes fan. He and I set up the Bayesian Mixer meetup
Dan Foreman-Mackey’s blog <— astronomer, Bayesian statistician and creator of some great Python packages that I’ve enjoyed using in the past inc. emcee and daft.
Betancourting Disaster <— Michael Betancourt and Dan Simpson have held court (sorry) on ~10 podcasts covering various Bayesian stats topics
Learning Bayesian Statistics <— A new and entertaining series of interviews with Bayesian statisticians, hosted by Alex Andorra
Instech London <— they run a podcast too, well worth a listen
Insurtech Insider by 11:FS <— fortnightly news and views on the industry
Not Unreasonable <— David Wright is an actuary with Beach who puts out regular interviews with industry leaders.
Bayesian Mixer London <— regular technical meetup in London dedicated to presentations and pub discussions of projects and products using Bayesian inference. Well-attended by insurance folks, but also those in Health, Pharma, Finance, Tech, Marketing, Education etc
Boston Bayesians <— regular technical meetup in Boston dedicated to presentations and pub discussions of projects and products using Bayesian inference. I keep meaning to get up to Boston…
Instech London <— Robin, Paolo and Matthew have created an excellent instech / insurtech community in London. Their regular meetups are a great excuse to socialise with likeminded insurance practitioners
Insurance Data Science Conference <— I’ve attended a few times and found it very interesting to see the state of the actuarial art (even sponsored it back in 2016 when it was called R in Insurance).