Bayesian Analysis and Mapping of Mortality Rates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Balgobin Nandram, J. Sedransk, Linda Williams Pickle

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This article summarizes our research on estimation of age-specific and age-adjusted mortality rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for white males. Our objectives are more precise and informative displays (than previously available) of geographic variation of the age-specific mortality rates for COPD, and investigation of the relationships between the geographic variation in mortality rates and the corresponding variation in selected covariates. For a given age class, our estimates are displayed in a choropleth map of mean rates. We develop a variation map that identifies the geographical areas where inferences are reliable. Here, the variation is measured by considering a set of maps produced using samples from the posterior distribution of the population mortality rates. Finally, we describe the spatial patterns in the age-specific maps and relate these to patterns in potential explanatory covariates such as smoking rate, annual rainfall, population density, elevation, and measures of air quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1110-1118
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Statistical Association
Issue number452
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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