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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4285

Title: Integration of specificity variation in cause-of-death analysis
Authors: Padiak, Janet
Keywords: cause of death, classification, relational database, specificity, vocabulary
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Heldref Publications
Citation: Historical Methods. Winter 2004, Volume 37. Number 1.
Abstract: Integration of mortality data by cause of death is typically problematic for researchers because of the inadequacies of historical records. Two aspects of cause-of-death (or disease) data processing are discussed here: vocabulary and specificity. By developing a system of processing in which causes of death are in nested tables that are linked with a relational database program, the researcher can integrate highly specific and sensitive disease data with data that are less specific. Vocabulary variations can also be maintained by the system. The result of integrating data of differing specificity levels and vocabularies allows one to use mixed data for longitudinal analyses. The author developed the present system to allow the use of nineteenth-century British army statistical data, and an example of the application is presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4286
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