[Rd] Error (?) in documentation of 'swiss' data in R base package (PR#886)

k.j.mcconway@open.ac.uk k.j.mcconway@open.ac.uk
Wed, 28 Mar 2001 16:46:50 +0200 (MET DST)

Full_Name: Kevin McConway
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Hardly crucial, but I've come upon a potential error in the documentation of the
'swiss' datafram in the R base package. The description accurately matches what
is said in the Mosteller and Tukey source quoted, but according to the data
archived at Princeton (links from
http://opr.princeton.edu/archive/eufert/switz.html), the variable that Mosteller
and Tukey report as infant mortality is actually the proportion of 'draftees'
with education beyond primary school. Infant mortality is on the archived file,
but the values are quite a lot different. Of course, it's possible that
Mosteller and Tukey were right and the people who did the archiving at
Princenton, later, got it wrong.

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