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ERIC Number: ED066165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 36
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Demographic Computer Library.
Shaw, David C.; Johnson, Dorothy M.
The complete comprehension of this paper requires a firm grasp of both mathematical demography and FORTRAN programming. The paper aims at the establishment of a language with which complex demographic manipulations can be briefly expressed in a form intelligible both to demographic analysts and to computers. The Demographic Computer Library (DCL) has been structured around three interrelated operations: Life table construction, stable population generation, and population projection. Life table construction is fundamental to the other two operations. The subroutines of the DCL have been written as parts of a system. The output of one subroutine is available for immediate use by any of a number of other subroutines. Other examples of DCL flexibility are given in part IV. The contribution of the DCL to demographic analysis consists of reducing the drudgery and delays required by the multitude of mathematical computations. The DCL, cannot, however, claim to endow the nondemographer with the ability to produce high quality demographic analysis. (Author/NH)
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.