## Exam C Practice Problem 6 – Working with Posterior Distributions

Problem 6-A

You are given the following:

• The number of claims in a calendar year for a given risk follows a Poisson distribution with mean $\theta$.
• The prior distribution of $\theta$ has the Gamma distribution with mean 2 and variance 1.

After observing this risk for five calendar years, a total of 12 claims are observed.

Which of the following is the moment generating function of the posterior distribution of $\theta$?

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$\displaystyle (A) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ M(t)=\biggl(\frac{2}{2-t}\biggr)^{16} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ t<2$

$\displaystyle (B) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ M(t)=\biggl(\frac{7}{7-t}\biggr)^{15} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ t<7$

$\displaystyle (C) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ M(t)=\biggl(\frac{14}{14-t}\biggr)^{9} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ t<14$

$\displaystyle (D) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ M(t)=\biggl(\frac{7}{7-t}\biggr)^{15} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ t<2$

$\displaystyle (E) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ M(t)=\biggl(\frac{7}{7-t}\biggr)^{16} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ t<7$

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Problem 6-B

You are given the following:

• The number of claims in a calendar year for a given risk follows a Poisson distribution with mean $\theta$.
• The prior distribution of $\theta$ has the Gamma distribution with mean 4 and variance $\frac{1}{2}$.

After observing this risk for eight calendar years, a total of 32 claims are observed.

Determine the coefficient of variation of the posterior distribution of $\theta$.

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$\displaystyle (A) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \frac{1}{64}$

$\displaystyle (B) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \frac{1}{32}$

$\displaystyle (C) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \frac{1}{16}$

$\displaystyle (D) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \frac{1}{8}$

$\displaystyle (E) \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \frac{1}{4}$

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