Death Risk Rankings

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Death Risk Rankings
Web address http://web.archive.org/web/20110202131335/http://deathriskrankings.com/
Available in English
Owner Carnegie Mellon University
Launched August 27, 2009
Current status Inactive

Death Risk Rankings was a website that approximated the likelihood of a European or American person dying within a twelve-month span. Using public data to do its calculations, the website also listed the possible causes of death, including illnesses or accidents.

Created by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Death Risk Rankings has been nicknamed the "death calculator".

History[edit]

Death Risk Rankings was created by researchers and students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] The website was developed by Paul Fischbeck, a professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon.[2] Fischbeck believed that the website will provide lawmakers with ideas during the health care reform debate.[3]

Death Risk Rankings has been nicknamed the "death calculator" according to Kaytie Dowling of The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register.[4]

On August 27, 2009, the day it was launched, Death Risk Rankings had about a million visitors per hour.[2] The website then crashed and was inaccessible for two hours due to server issues.[1] In twenty-four hours, the website had surpassed Carnegie Mellon University's bandwidth cap for one month.[2]

In mid-2011, the website became no longer available.[5]

Death rankings[edit]

The website based its results on the public information gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for data in the United States and Eurostat for data in Europe.[6]

Death Risk Rankings did not use genetics or an individual's way of living in its calculations.[2] However, the website was able to determine the possibility of death using information such as location, gender, and age.[7] After submitting the information, users were able to view their chance of dying that year of sixty-six different causes, such as murder, a number of illnesses, and accidents.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fuoco, Michael A. (2009-08-28). "Compare Your Likelihood of Dying in the Next 12 Months at DeathRiskRankings.com". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Espino, J.E. (2009-08-29). "What are the odds you'll die this year: New Website ranks your risk". The Post-Crescent. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Death Calculator Predicts Your Odds of Kicking the Bucket". Fox News. 2009-08-27. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Dowling, Kaytie (2009-08-28). "Introducing the death calculator". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "HTTP 302 error". Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ Osborne, Brian (2008-08-28). "New website shows your risk of death in a year". Geek.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Fu, Lily (2009-08-27). "Web Site Calculates Your Death Risk". WTXF-TV. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Death calculator does what you'd expect". Newslite. 2009-08-28. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 

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