Polynomial Approximations for Bivariate Aggregate Claims Amount Probability Distributions

  • Pierre-Olivier GoffardEmail author
  • Stéphane Loisel
  • Denys Pommeret


A numerical method to compute bivariate probability distributions from their Laplace transforms is presented. The method consists in an orthogonal projection of the probability density function with respect to a probability measure that belongs to a Natural Exponential Family with Quadratic Variance Function (NEF-QVF). A particular link to Lancaster probabilities is highlighted. The procedure allows a quick and accurate calculation of probabilities of interest and does not require strong coding skills. Numerical illustrations and comparisons with other methods are provided. This work is motivated by actuarial applications. We aim at recovering the joint distribution of two aggregate claims amounts associated with two insurance policy portfolios that are closely related, and at computing survival functions for reinsurance losses in presence of two non-proportional reinsurance treaties.


Bivariate aggregate claims model Bivariate distribution Bivariate laplace transform Numerical inversion of laplace transform Natural exponential families with quadratic variance functions Orthogonal polynomials 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

60.08 62P05 65C20 33C45 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre-Olivier Goffard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stéphane Loisel
    • 2
  • Denys Pommeret
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Mathematique de Marseille, Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Université de LyonUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Institut de Science Actuarielle et FinancièreLyonFrance

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