Swiss Fertility and Socioeconomic Indicators (1888) Data
Standardized fertility measure and socio-economic indicators for each of 47 French-speaking provinces of Switzerland at about 1888.
Ig, ‘common standardized fertility measure’.
% of males involved in agriculture as occupation.
% draftees receiving highest mark on army examination.
% education beyond primary school for draftees.
% ‘Catholic’ (as opposed to ‘Protestant’).
Live births who live less than 1 year.
All variables but ‘Fertility’ give proportions of the population.
(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].
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
Education are averages
for 1887, 1888 and 1889.
Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988). The New S Language. Monterey: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.
t = octave.dataset.swiss; # TODO: Port linear model to Octave