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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

General life table

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General life table  (GENERAL life table)

A complete life table 1 is usually one in which the values of the life table functions (432-2) are given in single years of age. An abridged life table 2 is one in which most functions are given only for certain pivotal ages, frequently spaced at five or ten year intervals after infancy; intermediate values for the functions are usually obtained by some form of interpolation (151-7). The term life table for selected heads 3 is used to refer to a life table relating to the experience of a number of specially selected individuals, such as the clients of a life insurance company, in opposition to general life tables 4 which relate the experience of a whole population (101-4). Life tables are generally presented on a sex-specific basis although on occasion they are presented for both sexes. A life table which is based only upon the generalization of empirical relationships is called a model life table 5. More...