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Coordinating the Actuarial Exam Process
Michael Chen December 13, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement
I recently had the good fortune to become Exam Coordinator for Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. At Pinnacle, the Exam Coordinator is part administrator, part mentor and part cheerleader. In this role, I have the opportunity to be involved with 30 of my exam-taking colleagues as they navigate their way toward becoming credentialed actuaries.
Workers’ Compensation & Marijuana
Greg Fears December 11, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, News, Workers’ Compensation
Marijuana legalization is increasingly prevalent in the United States. Whether for medicinal or recreational use, marijuana is more acceptable these days. A greater number of physicians are prescribing it for their patients, and the U.S. marijuana industry is rapidly expanding. Yet it is still a Schedule 1 drug, as defined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). So is an employee who is either prescribed or legally using marijuana eligible to receive workers’ compensation (WC) benefits if they are injured on the job and test positive for it?
Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke
Linda Brobeck November 27, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Homeowners, News
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” but the reverse is now top of mind for those of us in northern California. Since November 8th, the Camp Fire in Butte County has burned over 150,000 acres, over 17,000 structures and has claimed over 80 lives, with several hundred souls still missing. While I certainly don’t want to downplay the fire’s devastation, I do want to draw attention to another dangerous matter: the air pollution it has generated.
Why Do You Go To Work Each Day?
Julie Calmès October 25, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General
We all share some common motivators for going to work each day: Putting food on the table. Paying the rent or mortgage. Traveling. Saving for the kids’ college educations. Preparing for retirement. Lately, as I watch my parents, my children and myself grow older, I’ve been pondering some of life’s larger questions. A lifelong learner, I’ve always enjoyed listening to others and gleaning what I can from their experiences. I’m fortunate to truly enjoy the work I do, so I've been curious as to what motivates my Pinnacle colleagues to get out of bed and really want to go to work each morning. Here are some of their kind and thoughtful revelations.
The predictors in my model are all significant at the 5% level. So?
Radost Wenman September 12, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, Predictive Analytics

In recent years, statisticians and researchers have continued to vigorously sound the alarm on the use and abuse of p-values in clinical studies and statistical modeling in general. Look no further than the official statement of the American Statistical Association (ASA), “The ASA’s Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose,” that was published just two years ago in response to the ever more heated debate on the confirmatory role of p-values in quantitative science and the validity of statistical inference. While many in the scientific community have generated discussions and commentaries on the misuse of p-values, the ASA’s policy statement succinctly synthesizes “several widely agreed upon principles underlying the proper use and interpretation of the p-value.” The ASA’s statement puts forth six principles aiming to guide practitioners in their search for statistically significant effects, ameliorate the problem of false discovery rates and irreproducibility of results, and thus improve on the applicability of the scientific method.

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