The Demopaedia team will be present at the next International Population Conference in Busan.
If you attend the conference, please, come to our oral communication which will be held on Tuesday August 27, from 15:30 to 17:00 (Bexco, room 213). The new Korean dictionary will also be presented in a side meeting organized by the Planned Population Federation of Korea (PPFK) on "Population Issues & Official development assistance" (open to all) at 19:00 (Bexco, room 110).

Structure

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Structure  (STRUCTURE)


The arrangement of members of a population in various categories or classes of a specified attribute or variable produces a frequency distribution 1, often called a distribution 1 for short. The ratio of the number in the individual group or cell — the absolute frequency 2 or class frequency 2 — to the total number in all groups is called the relative frequency 3 in that group. In demography the terms structure 4 and composition 4 are often used interchangeably to describe the distribution of characteristics such as age, sex, marital status, occupation, etc. Structure is sometimes used in a more restricted sense to describe the distribution of the population according to age and sex only.

  • 4. The term population distribution usually refers to its spatial distribution. However, when used with the name of the characteristic or attribute that is analyzed, the word distribution is a synonym for structure or composition. Thus one finds references to age distribution, age and sex composition, and age and sex structure.

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