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SADC Course in Statistics Basic Life Table Computations - I (Session 12)

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 2 Learning Objectives At the end of this and the next session, you will be able to construct a Life Table or abridged Life Table from a given set of mortality data express in words and in symbolic form the connections between the standard columns of the LT interpret the LT entries and begin to utilise LT thinking in more complex demographic calculations

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 3 An Example Repeated from session 11, below is part of an abridged Life Table (LT) for South African males, published by WHO The highlighted portion is then pulled out to illustrate some further Life Table calculations. See your handout for the complete age range.

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 4 Age range lxlx nqxnqx lxlx nqxnqx <11000000.0546550-54505430.14089 1-4945350.0190655-59434220.15467 5-9927340.0087760-64367060.18425 10-14919210.0060465-69299430.23618 15-19913660.0130670-74228710.31338 20-24901730.0316175-79157040.42484 25-29873220.0463980-8490320.56888 30-34832710.0819685-8938940.72866 35-39764460.1347890-9410570.81936 40-44661430.1307495-991910.86743 45-49574950.12092100+251.00000

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 5 Computations, not data Added columns discussed below represent additional calculations built solely on the same original n q x data. They are further derived values. Below see graph of n q x vs. x, approximate because rates reflect different age-groups and we have to scale up the first two values so their values are comparable with later age groups.

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7 Notes: 1 Graph shows a local peak in age-group 35- 39. This is not historically typical; might arise because in the population from which data are sourced there was a high effect of AIDS in this cohort. As we go through this session, note how this simple-seeming list of probabilities is manipulated in many ways to generate useful means of expressing information.

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 8 Two further Life Table columns Ages nqxnqx lxlxndxndxnLxnLx <10.05465100000546596175 1-40.01906945351801373818 5-90.0087792734813461637 10-140.0060491921555458216 15-190.01306913661193453845 20-240.03161901732851443736

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 9 What is n d x ? n d x is simply the number expected to die in each age range, so can be expressed in several ways e.g. n d x = n q x. l x i.e. the probability of dying in an age-range times the number of people available to die at the start of the range n d x = l x - l x+n i.e. the number of people alive and available to die at the start of the range minus the number of survivors at the end of the age range

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 10 Note that 5 d 0 was calculated as sum of deaths in ranges 0-1 and 1-4 - to put figures on a common scale herein

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 11 Why compute n d x ?: 1 By looking explicitly at this column we can see how many people are expected to die in each age range which depends on the mortality rate, & on the number left in the LT population. The largest single number in the n d x column (see handout) is 9232 for the age range 35 to 39 inclusive: death rates increase thereafter, but less people are available to die

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 12 Why compute n d x ?: 2 Note that in the age-range 35 to 39, an average of less than 1850 per year are expected to die BUT in the age-range 0-1 year 5077 babies expected to die: nearly 3 times as many on a 1-year basis; AND the babies potentially had their whole life ahead of them: this illustrates the importance of attention to infant health, morbidity and mortality.

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 13 What is n L x ?: 1 n L x is defined as the number of years lived between exact ages x and x+n by members of the Life Table population. Of course the starting number is l x at age x. All those l x+n who survive to age x+n each live n years in the period. A simple assumption is that the (l x - l x+n ) who die have each lived n/2 years N.B. not very good assumption e.g. more baby deaths cluster nearer to age 0

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 14 What is n L x ?: 2 On the simple assumption:- n L x = n.l x+n + ½n.[l x - l x+n ], which is algebraically equivalent to:- n L x = n[½(l x + l x+n )]. The expression [½(l x + l x+n )] can be put into words as the average population alive in the age range x to x+n, so another way to express it is:- over the n-year period, the average population each lived n years

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 15 What is L 0 ? We noted that of those who die aged 0, the average age at death is usually much less than 6 months.) A rather better approximation to reality, but still simple, for the first year of life, is:- L 0 =.3l 0 + 0.7l 1 i.e. L 0 = l 1 +.3(l 0 - l 1 ) Note that this counts 0.3 of a year for each child that dies aged 0.

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To put your footer here go to View > Header and Footer 16 Practical work follows to ensure learning objectives are achieved…

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