In the August issue of The Actuary, the article ‘Mapping out Mortality’ explained the recent work on the new Longevity Index for England (LIFE) app, developed as part of the Actuarial Research Centre’s (ARC) programme ‘Modelling, Measurement and Management of Longevity and Morbidity Risk’. A series of in-depth webinars on this topic are available free to view on demand.
‘Introducing the LIFE App’ sees Professor Andrew Cairns and Dr Torsten Kleinow discuss how the LIFE index has revealed previously uncaptured mortality inequalities by using predictive variables at a high degree of granularity. This is followed by a demonstration of the LIFE app.
‘Modelling Neighbourhood Mortality Using the Random Forest’, presented by Jie Wen, explains how the LIFE app is based on the random forest algorithm. Wen discusses how the algorithm was applied to produce an estimate of relative mortality risk in small neighbourhood areas, using socioeconomic metrics as predictive variables.
‘Modelling Cancer Risk: Regional and Socioeconomic Disparities’, presented by Professor George Streftaris and Dr Ayse Arık, looks at cancer incidence and mortality, investigating cancer rates to quantify differences among regions and deprivation groups in England.
The final webinar will be available to view live on 21 October and then to watch on demand. Presented by Professor Andrew Cairns, this webinar will review the work completed on cause of death mortality as part of the IFoA’s ARC research programme.
The Longevity and Morbidity Risk Webinar Series is part of the ARC Webinar Series 2021. To find out more, watch on demand and register for the live webinar, go to bit.ly/ARCWebinars2021