Analysis of Archaeological Mortality Data

A collection of functions for the analysis of archaeological mortality data (on the topic see e.g. Chamberlain 2006 < https://books.google.de/books?id=nG5FoO_becAC&lpg=PA27&ots=LG0b_xrx6O&dq=life%20table%20archaeology&pg=PA27#v=onepage&q&f=false>). It takes demographic data in different formats and displays the result in a standard life table as well as plots the relevant indices (percentage of deaths, survivorship, probability of death, life expectancy, percentage of population).


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mortAAR

With mortAAR you can calculate a life table based on archaeological demographic data. You just need the number of people of a certain age, but you can also use single individual data. mortAAR allows to separate the data according to sex/location/epoch or any other grouping variable.

What is a life table [aka discrete time survival analysis]? According to Chamberlain it is a

To our knowledge as of writing, a simple to use and easily accessible tool to calculate and create archaeological life tables has been lacking. That is why we sat down and put mortAAR for R together. We hope it will be of use for archaeologists world-wide.

In our view, mortAAR shines in the following areas:

  • Ease and flexibility of input (different kinds of customization and grouping)
  • Sophisticated means of computation (exploding of age ranges, separation factor for average lived years)
  • Comprehensiveness of output (life tables for all groups specified, plots for the most important measures, relative population calculation)

For further information, please have a look at the Vignettes and the Manual.

Installation

mortAAR is available on CRAN and can be installed through install.packages("mortAAR"). You can use devtools to install the development version. To do so:

if(!require('devtools')) install.packages('devtools')
library(devtools)
install_github('ISAAKiel/mortAAR')

Licence

mortAAR is released under the GNU General Public Licence, version 3. Comments and feedback are welcome, as are code contributions.

News

mortAAR 1.0.1

  • rewriting of some of the basic code
  • defining of "class_functions.R"
  • dividing of "output_functions.R" into "analytical_functions.R" and "plot_functions.R"
  • fixing of some typos in the documentation and the output
  • fixing of a small but serious bug which caused a non-alignment of the curves with the x-axis in the plots

mortAAR 1.0.0

First release.

Reference manual

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install.packages("mortAAR")

1.0.1 by Nils Mueller-Scheessel, a year ago


Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/mortAAR


Authors: Nils Mueller-Scheessel [aut, cre, cph] , Martin Hinz [aut] , Clemens Schmid [aut] , Christoph Rinne [aut] , Daniel Knitter [aut] , Wolfgang Hamer [aut] , Dirk Seidensticker [aut] , Franziska Faupel [aut] , Carolin Tietze [aut] , Nicole Grunert [aut]


Documentation:   PDF Manual  


GPL-3 | file LICENSE license


Imports magrittr, Rdpack, reshape2, methods

Suggests testthat, knitr, rmarkdown, tidyr, dplyr, ggplot2, RCurl


See at CRAN