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postgraduate thesis: Fourier-cosine method for insurance risk theory

TitleFourier-cosine method for insurance risk theory
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Chau, K. [周麒偉]. (2014). Fourier-cosine method for insurance risk theory. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5388010
AbstractIn this thesis, a systematic study is carried out for effectively approximating Gerber-Shiu functions under L´evy subordinator models. It is a hardly touched topic in the recent literature and our approach is via the popular Fourier-cosine method. In theory, classical Gerber-Shiu functions can be expressed in terms of an infinite sum of convolutions, but its inherent complexity makes efficient computation almost impossible. In contrast, Fourier transforms of convolutions could be evaluated in a far simpler manner. Therefore, an efficient numerical method based on Fourier transform is pursued in this thesis for evaluating Gerber-Shiu functions. Fourier-cosine method is a numerical method based on Fourier transform and has been very popular in option pricing since its introduction. It then evolves into a number of extensions, and we here adopt its spirit to insurance risk theory. In this thesis, the proposed approximant of Gerber-Shiu functions under an L´evy subordinator model has O(n) computational complexity in comparison with that of O(n log n) via the usual numerical Fourier inversion. Also, for Gerber-Shiu functions within the proposed refined Sobolev space, an explicit error bound is given and error bound of this type is seemingly absent in the literature. Furthermore, the error bound for our estimation can be further enhanced under extra assumptions, which are not immediate from Fang and Oosterlee’s works. We also suggest a robust method on the estimation of ruin probabilities (one special class of Gerber-Shiu functions) based on the moments of both claim size and claim arrival distributions. Rearrangement inequality will also be adopted to amplify the use of our Fourier-cosine method in ruin probability, resulting in an effective global estimation. Finally, the effectiveness of our result will be further illustrated in a number of numerical studies and our enhanced error bound is apparently optimal in our demonstration; more precisely, empirical evidence exhibiting the biggest possible error convergence rate agrees with our theoretical conclusion.
DegreeMaster of Philosophy
SubjectFourier analysis
Risk (Insurance) - Mathematical models
Dept/ProgramMathematics
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208586

 

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dc.contributor.authorChau, Ki-wai-
dc.contributor.author周麒偉-
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-13T01:44:03Z-
dc.date.available2015-03-13T01:44:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationChau, K. [周麒偉]. (2014). Fourier-cosine method for insurance risk theory. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5388010-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208586-
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, a systematic study is carried out for effectively approximating Gerber-Shiu functions under L´evy subordinator models. It is a hardly touched topic in the recent literature and our approach is via the popular Fourier-cosine method. In theory, classical Gerber-Shiu functions can be expressed in terms of an infinite sum of convolutions, but its inherent complexity makes efficient computation almost impossible. In contrast, Fourier transforms of convolutions could be evaluated in a far simpler manner. Therefore, an efficient numerical method based on Fourier transform is pursued in this thesis for evaluating Gerber-Shiu functions. Fourier-cosine method is a numerical method based on Fourier transform and has been very popular in option pricing since its introduction. It then evolves into a number of extensions, and we here adopt its spirit to insurance risk theory. In this thesis, the proposed approximant of Gerber-Shiu functions under an L´evy subordinator model has O(n) computational complexity in comparison with that of O(n log n) via the usual numerical Fourier inversion. Also, for Gerber-Shiu functions within the proposed refined Sobolev space, an explicit error bound is given and error bound of this type is seemingly absent in the literature. Furthermore, the error bound for our estimation can be further enhanced under extra assumptions, which are not immediate from Fang and Oosterlee’s works. We also suggest a robust method on the estimation of ruin probabilities (one special class of Gerber-Shiu functions) based on the moments of both claim size and claim arrival distributions. Rearrangement inequality will also be adopted to amplify the use of our Fourier-cosine method in ruin probability, resulting in an effective global estimation. Finally, the effectiveness of our result will be further illustrated in a number of numerical studies and our enhanced error bound is apparently optimal in our demonstration; more precisely, empirical evidence exhibiting the biggest possible error convergence rate agrees with our theoretical conclusion.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshFourier analysis-
dc.subject.lcshRisk (Insurance) - Mathematical models-
dc.titleFourier-cosine method for insurance risk theory-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5388010-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineMathematics-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5388010-

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