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Rejoinder to discussion of the paper “Human life is unlimited—but short”


What can be learned from data about human survival at extreme age? In this rejoinder we give our views on some of the issues raised in the discussion of our paper Rootzén and Zholud (Extremes 20(4), 713–728, 2017).


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We thank Anthony Davison, Thomas Mikosch, and Chen Zhou for helpful comments. Research supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, grant KAW 2012.0067.

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Updated versions of LATool, the MATLAB toolbox for life length analysis, and of Figure 5 and Tables 2–5 in Rootzén and Zholud (2017).

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Rootzén, H., Zholud, D. Rejoinder to discussion of the paper “Human life is unlimited—but short”. Extremes 21, 415–424 (2018).

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  • Extreme human life lengths
  • Supercentenarians
  • Jeanne Calment
  • Truncation
  • Censoring
  • Limit for human lifespan
  • Age-biased sampling
  • Generalized Pareto distribution

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