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The Database of Death

By The Cunctator in MLP
Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 11:42:45 AM EST
Tags: Science (all tags)

The CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has an outstanding and astounding database online: Leading Cause of Death Reports. It covers 1981-1998, broken down by state, race, sex, and age group.

I'm submitting this not only because it's a valuable source of information, but also because it's a beautifully designed interface. The function of every button and dropdown is clear, but the combinations are practically endless. It's not perfectly configurable (suggest a DBI interface?), but I'm genuinely impressed. Taxdollars at work.

Oh, and if this catches your interest, subscribe to a Morbidity and Mortality mailing list and impress your friends with your knowledge of emerging infectious diseases, ambulatory surgery statistics, and HIV serosurveillance.


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in 2001, the leading cause of death will be
o heart disease 9%
o cancer 1%
o George Bush 56%
o Marc Rich 1%
o reality TV 12%
o environmentalists 9%
o monster truck rallies 8%
o AIDS 1%

Votes: 74
Results | Other Polls

Related Links
o National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
o Leading Cause of Death Reports
o suggest a DBI interface
o Morbidity and Mortality mailing list
o Also by The Cunctator

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The Database of Death | 9 comments (5 topical, 4 editorial, 0 hidden)
Where's the "Inoshiro" poll option? (3.62 / 8) (#1)
by Estanislao Martínez on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 04:59:45 AM EST

Ah, uh, wait a sec, forget it ;).


Times (2.66 / 3) (#3)
by SwampGas on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 07:49:40 AM EST

30-120 seconds processing time?

Have our "friends" in the government ever heard of PHP or MySQL?

Oh puleeze. (none / 0) (#6)
by pwhysall on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 11:17:35 AM EST

MySQL would die on its arse in a most amusing fashion, were it presented with that amount of data to query.
K5 Editors
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
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Let's see: (none / 0) (#8)
by roystgnr on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 11:49:41 PM EST

They've got data for about:

60 regions
20 years
5 races
2 hispanic origin possibilities
2 sexes
20 ranked causes of death
85 ages.

Each datum should take 4 bytes for the number of deaths and 2 or 4 bytes for the death type ID. Is there anything I'm missing? Multiply it all together and you get about 340MB. I'm pretty sure MySQL can handle that.

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Suicide Breakdown (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by DoorFrame on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 11:28:27 AM EST

Was I the only who found a typical suicide breakdown interesting?
    Cause of Death - Number of Deaths - % of Deaths
    Firearm 3,329 48.7%
    Poisoning 1,545 22.6%
    Suffocation 1,403 20.5%
    Fall 129 1.9%
    Cut/pierce 121 1.8%
    Drowning/submersion 86 1.3%
    Other specified and classifiable 80 1.2%
    Fire/burn 52 0.8%
    Other specified / NEC 36 0.5%
    MV traffic 33 0.5%
    Unspecified 23 0.3%
    Total Deaths 6,837

Moving Vehicle Traffic? Nice.

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