What are you working on? Are you using R for work? Are you using R for something else? Are you using Python? QGIS? PostgreSQL? You're using open source software and you're an actuary. What are you doing with this technology?
Here's what I'm up to:
Finalizing material for the R workshop at the RPM in DC.
Further development of my reserving package MRMR. I'm trying to nail down some basic mathematical operations and functions like subset, "[" etc. In addition, I'm trying to refine and extend the multidimensional treatment of triangle data.
Two weekends ago, I took part in Triangle Open Data Day. The Research Triangle in North Carolina is emerging as one of the leading areas of publicly accessible information. There are a number of groups working to provide apps that use public data for public good. When I can, I try to check in with the Durham Code for America brigade, who are doing some really cool stuff.
In the back of my head is the pressing need to finally get around to learning and using Python. Two months ago I went to a great presentation about scikit-learn, Python's machine learning library. This is enough of an impetus to see what all of the fuss is about.
One of these days I'll get back to my blog, where I hope to complete a post about waiting times for events that might not happen. We all know how to measure time until something DOES happen (death, claim closure, etc.), how about something that might not (whether you'll receive a promotion or a marriage proposal, whether you will observe the 59th claim when you've experienced 58)? There are 5 or 6 other blog posts that I need to get back to as well.
Finally, I'm thinking about May when I expect to be in Kigali, Rwanda talking about R. There's a project underway to instruct a host of folk there about survey methods, survival models and all manner of other techniques to investigate the spread of communicable disease.
And that's just a few weeks in the life of an open source actuary. What are YOU working on?