# Talk:Gompertz–Makeham law of mortality

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## Removal of category

This article was tagged with the category academic geography as the law is used in population geography and demography. AlexD 11:56, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

## Categories

Sure, and Demography remains as a category.

For example, Meteorology is a topic within Academic Geography - which means you don't have to include "clouds", "lightning", "floods", "typhoons", etc. Anyone can look at Academic Geography, then look at Meteorology, then dig into Meteorology-specific topics.

Same here. Start at Academic Geography, then Demography, then to subsections like birth rates, life tables, HIV/Aids, etc. Otherwise things could really get out of hand. Demography is included, and that covers all things demographic.

Thanks

## equation

Am I wrong in thinking that the equation for this is something like p(s) = α + (1-α)e(s- 100)/β, where s=age of death, α=accident rate & β=death rate, and this should be on the page somewhere? Bueller 007 (talk) 14:31, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

• Can't someone explain this in laymans terms? Even the equations have no explanation of the variables involved. --71.245.164.83 (talk) 01:43, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

## New Findings

A recent news report appears to set at naught some assertions in this article: "Leonid A. Gavrilov and Natalia S. Gavrilova of NORC at the University of Chicago, formerly known as the National Opinion Research Center, said the findings contradict a long-held belief that the mortality rate of Americans flattens out after age 80." Lacking familiarity with this field, I leave any needed edit to better minds than mine. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Orthotox (talkcontribs) 21:56, 19 February 2012 (UTC)