## Lost in translation (reprise)

Late last year I drew up a table of actuarial terms and their translation for statisticians. I had thought that it was a uniquely actuarial trait to use different names compared to other disciplines. It turns out that statisticians are almost as guilty. Table 1 shows some common statistical terms in mortality modelling and their description for non-statisticians.

Table 1. Some statistical terms and their definition for mathematicians and engineers.

Our non-statistical readers will recognise the origin of the name of this blog. If we had called it the Hessian, then things would have been very confusing indeed.

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