A Short Method for Constructing an Abridged Life Table

  • David P. Smith
  • Nathan Keyfitz
Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)


The life table is so valuable a description of the age variation in danger of dying that it is desirable to have rapid methods of obtaining it from the recorded vital statistics. The principal value of the life table lies in the form in which agespecific risks of dying are stated. They are expressed as the probability of dying within a designated interval subsequent to an exact age, or as the probability of surviving from one exact age to another. Such probabilities are not only very descriptive, but they lend themselves readily to the treatment of mortality in a wide variety of problems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David P. Smith
    • 1
  • Nathan Keyfitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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