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September 11, 1954

Population Statistics and Their Compilation

JAMA. 1954;156(2):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950020112034

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This is a revised edition of a standard reference work on methodology for the advanced student of vital statistics. A number of developments have occurred in the theoretical and practical problems involved in the compilation of population statistics since this book was first published under the same title as "Actuarial Study No. 3" in 1925; this edition has been rewritten and enlarged to include descriptions and references covering new material. The book is concerned primarily with the methods of compiling various types of population statistics that are of value to the actuary and is complete and comprehensive in its treatment of the historical and actuarial-mathematical problems of population statistics. An outline of the history and principles of censustaking and birth, marriage, and death registration in various countries; an analysis of the reliability of census and registration statistics; procedures for estimating populations, the validity of population projections and the theory of

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