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By Shiva S. Halli, K. Vaninadha Rao (auth.)

Although i think venerated to jot down a foreword for this significant publication, it's a job that I procedure with a few trepidation. the themes lined within the e-book summarize the present state-of-the-art in technical demography. notwithstanding, my wisdom and services with admire to technical demography are constrained to the main primary and intermediate-level equipment; accordingly, serious remark at the contents of this quantity is past my scope during this fore­ note. considering that i've got a few realizing of the good judgment and substantial points of the tools instead of the complex arithmetic utilized in describing them, my reviews will inevitably be constrained to the book's common or­ ganization and content material. to this point, so much texts released on technical demography were constrained to standard demographic tools: resources and boundaries of knowledge, existence desk building and functions, standardization ideas, a number of tools for getting ready inhabitants estimates and forecasts, and so on. in spite of the fact that, inhabitants experts have lately been constructing and effectively utilizing various refined recommendations now not coated within the extra usual intro­ ductory texts. moreover, many conventional tools which are special to the demographic self-discipline were enhanced and extended.

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It is in this context that Brass (1975) suggests that the logit system provides a more flexible alternative to existing model life tables. A thorough description of the logit system and its use is presented in Brass ( 1971) and Carrier and Hobcraft ( 1971 ). Nevertheless, we will provide a brief explanation of the logit system here as well for ready reference. The logit system does not produce a set of tables. Rather it is based on a relationship for generating such tables. This relationship uses a proportion, P, between 0 and 1.

The model life tables are the description of typical age patterns of mortality at different mortality levels. If we incorporate rates of increase corresponding to the different levels of fertility, then we will have model stable populations. This is what Coale and Demeny (1983) have done. They have presented a set of possible stable populations for each model life table. In order to use these stable populations to estimate various demographic parameters of a particular population, one should verify whether the actual population might be considered stable (meaning that fertility and mortality have not fluctuated in the past, and that the population is closed to migration).

Compute and plot estimated life tables by cause elimination. 7. Construct associated decrement life tables by cause elimination. These steps are described in detail by Namboodiri and Suchindran with an illustrative example. The example is an extensive analysis of causes of death using a multiple-decrement life table technique for different populations spanning the years 1861-1964. Included are 12 different causes of death for about 180 populations in the construction of cause-eliminated life tables.

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