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8.2.45.65 octave.dataset.swiss

Static Method: out = swiss ()

Swiss Fertility and Socioeconomic Indicators (1888) Data

Description

Standardized fertility measure and socio-economic indicators for each of 47 French-speaking provinces of Switzerland at about 1888.

Format

Fertility

Ig, ‘common standardized fertility measure’.

Agriculture

% of males involved in agriculture as occupation.

Examination

% draftees receiving highest mark on army examination.

Education

% education beyond primary school for draftees.

Catholic

% ‘Catholic’ (as opposed to ‘Protestant’).

InfantMortality

Live births who live less than 1 year.

All variables but ‘Fertility’ give proportions of the population.

Source

(paraphrasing Mosteller and Tukey):

Switzerland, in 1888, was entering a period known as the demographic transition; i.e., its fertility was beginning to fall from the high level typical of underdeveloped countries.

The data collected are for 47 French-speaking “provinces” at about 1888.

Here, all variables are scaled to [0, 100], where in the original, all but Catholic were scaled to [0, 1].

Note

Files for all 182 districts in 1888 and other years have been available at https://opr.princeton.edu/archive/pefp/switz.aspx.

They state that variables Examination and Education are averages for 1887, 1888 and 1889.

References

Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988). The New S Language. Monterey: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

Examples

t = octave.dataset.swiss;

# TODO: Port linear model to Octave