1997-98 Projects

Student: Julie Fondurulia (Master of Applied Statistics)

This goal of this project is to develop statistical methods to determine important prognostic factors in studies of Prostate-Specific Antigen failures.

ODE Toolkit

Students: R. Demar, A. Howes, and A. Palombizio (MQP)

This is a joint project with Harvey-Mudd to develop the package ODE Toolkit as a Web-Based ODE solver.

Mathieu Functions for Macsyma

Students: B. Altieri and M. Vadeboncoeur (MQP)

This project will help Macsyma develop several routines for their product Macsyma, including a numerical evaluation package for the Mathieu's function.

Mathematical Software Usability Testing

Sponsor: Macsyma, Inc., Waterloo MAPLE, and Softwarehouse (Derive)
Students: K. Lee and A. Rua (IQP)

This project compares the ease of use between the mathematical software Macsyma, Derive, and Maple for precalculus and early calculus high school students.

Exploring Optimal Cession Strategies for Automobile Insurance

Students: T. Adams and D. Deacon (MQP)

This project is studying dynamic optimization strategies that can be used by Premier Insurance of Massachusetts to make cession decisions. This will build on previous work and provide the company with a tool to compare the results from different strategies as well as determine how the strategy and the payoff changes with changes in the model parameters, especially changes in the state's total deficit and cession strategies used by the rest of the insurance industry.

Simulation of the Behavior of Variable Life Insurance

Students: D. Sickman (MQP)

Development of a probabilistic (rather than deterministic as used before by the company) approach to simulate the effect of stock market volatility on the behavior of a variable life insurance policy. This approach was applied to project the activity hypothetical policies, intended to achieve a given account value (the death benefit), at various premium amounts. Distributions of the minimum number of required premium payments, the account value in a given year, and the year in which the policy was fully funded were approximated via simulation.

Differences in Patient Treatment Across Types of Health Plans

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts