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Methodology of the national regional and state life tables for the United States : 1959-61
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    This report describes the methodology employed in the preparation of the decennial life tables for 1959-61 for the United States, individual States, the nine geographic divisions established by the Bureau of the Census, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas as defined in the Census publications.1 The methodology involved in the development of 1959-61 life tables for the United States by causes of death is highly specialized, and is given in the report containing these tables.2 It will be assumed that the reader is acquainted with the definitions of the usual life table functions as given in other reports of this series. The calculations to be described later were made on the IBM 1401 and 1410 computers of the National Center for Health Statistics. Methodological studies in connection with the 1959-61 decennial life tables were initiated by Zenas M. Sykes, former Assistant Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration. The basic methodology followed in obtaining life table mortality rates for ages under 5, the idea of obtaining 5-year survival rates for ages 5 and above by equating the 5-year central death rates of the life table to those of the actual population, and the idea of using an iterative approximation procedure in this connection originated with him.

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