Blog posts tagged with: lifelong learning

IFoA travel time to Fellowship: no evidence from the sample that actuarial science graduates/masters qualify any quicker

by Patrick Lee on 01 May 2023 in categories actuarial with tags maths lifelong learning ifoa

There is no evidence (at least from this sample of 307 Fellows) that actuarial science graduates or masters students qualify any quicker than students who do other degrees and don't do an actuarial science masters. This is likely to be of concern both to the IFoA and the universities offering such courses. Once again I urge the IFoA to be transparent and publish a detailed study using its full dataset.

The IFoA long qualification process: some evidence that it is slightly longer for women (by about half a year)

by Patrick Lee on 01 May 2023 in categories actuarial with tags maths lifelong learning ifoa

Here are the results split by sex in table form: Distribution of Fellowship Travel Time by Sex and graphically, first via histograms: Histograms of Fellowship travel time by sex and secondly by Box Whisker charts (the blue shaded boxes show the interquartile range, which really ought to be what the ...

Time to qualify as an IFoA actuary: how long it really takes in practice

by Patrick Lee on 01 May 2023 in categories actuarial with tags maths lifelong learning ifoa

A summary of the analysis I carried out on a sample of the 2020 to 2022 new qualifiers (Associates and Fellows) of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Associate Travel time: median 5.54 years, mean 6.71 years. Fellow Travel time: median 6.63 years, mean 7.42 years.

IFoA Roulette, or "Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

by Patrick Lee on 01 May 2023 in categories actuarial with tags maths lifelong learning ifoa

Further to my previous article with an analysis of the time taken to qualify by recent (2020-2022) new Fellows and Associates of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, you can try a simulation of how long it might take you to qualify here.

Some Microsoft Professional certifications passed

by Patrick Lee on 01 May 2022 in categories actuarial tech with tags Azure lifelong learning CSharp

Both last year and this year I took (and passed) a Microsoft exam (I suppose the equivalent of CPD - Continuing Professional Development). Last year it was Programming in C# (certification: here ), and this year it was Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate (certification: here ).

My Journey to Data Science, Big Data and AI

by Patrick Lee on 11 Mar 2020 in categories actuarial with tags Azure PowerBI Python AI edX lifelong learning T-SQL USQL

I gave a presentation to the Channel Islands Actuarial Association earlier today, and a similar one earlier this year to the Staple Inn Actuarial Society. I provided copies of the materials I used to those two Societies, but I have had a few requests for a copy from other people: ...

How to use OneNote to organise notes much better than in e.g. Word

by Patrick Lee on 04 Sep 2019 in categories tech with tags lifelong learning OneNote

Many years ago I switched to using OneNote (part of Microsoft Office) for taking notes, as opposed to Word. After all, that is what OneNote is designed for, whereas Word is designed to be a general word processing tool. If you put your notes in Word, you have to use ...

I just completed Microsoft's Reinforcement Learning Explained course

by Patrick Lee on 01 Jul 2019 in categories tech BigData with tags Python AI lifelong learning Jupyter notebooks CNTK

Yesterday I completed what I have found to be the most demanding course so far on the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence , Reinforcement Learning Explained . It took me 66.5 hours (more than twice as long as previous edX courses have taken me) and my final mark was ...

I just completed Microsoft's Computer Vision and Image Analysis course

by Patrick Lee on 08 Jun 2019 in categories tech BigData with tags Python AI lifelong learning Jupyter notebooks CNTK

I recently completed the above Microsoft/edX course (full details of the course are here ) with a final mark of 92%. This was my 8th course on the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence, I plan to do my 9th course ( Reinforcement Learning Explained ) during the rest of ...

I just completed Microsoft's DevOps Practices and Principles course

by Patrick Lee on 28 May 2019 in categories tech BigData with tags AI lifelong learning DevOps

I recently completed the above Microsoft/edX course (full details of the course are here ) with a final mark of 95%. Why is DevOps important? Huge increases in efficiency for tech companies #DevOps is the art and science of trying to automate/streamline as much as possible many stages (i.e. humans ...

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