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Fourier-Cosine Method for Insurance Risk Theory



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Fourier-Cosine Method for Insurance Risk Theory by Ki-Wai Chau
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This dissertation, "Fourier-cosine Method for Insurance Risk Theory" by Ki-wai, Chau, 周麒偉, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: In this thesis, a systematic study is carried out for effectively approximating Gerber-Shiu functions under Levy 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 Levy 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. DOI: 10.5353/th_b5388010 Subjects: Fourier analysisRisk (Insurance) - Mathematical models
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January 27th, 2017
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