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what would happen to average life span if we did not count premature deaths?

Just saw your clip, but it leaves many questions unanswered. Did the "average" lifespan of all those countries include premature (0-3 yrs old) death. In which case, maybe those that survived the childhood diseases were able to live as long as people in other countries.

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  • I have a similar question. If infant mortality is taken into the equation this more or less halves average life expectancy before 1914 or so. If you remove infant deaths aged 0-5, doesn't an average life expectancy shoot up from 36 or so to 65? It would be read to be able to choose data and indices for people over 5+
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  • You need to look at the raw data and truncate the curve at your desired sample size (i.e., remove the data for those younger than age x) and then resample the curve for a new mean or p50, the mode will, however, stay the same as long as you don ́t start truncating at higher ages.
    Some countries provide these tables, albeit, not the raw data, in their Statistic website. They are often grouped in age brackets, such as what is the life expectancy for those that are 65-years-old.

    I have asked Gapminder if they might be able to supply the Dx data for Sweden and Burundi so that I can overlay the two distributions and discuss the questions you are raising.

    Note: I am not a representative of Gapminder.
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