Friday, 15 October 2010

This rain map is better.


The reason why there is more lung cancer where it rains is because non-smokers prefer to live where it does not rain so much. Smokers love living where it rains a lot. What we need to do is explain to both smokers and non-smokers that rain does not matter and then lung cancer can be evenly ditributed across time and space.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

My first attempts at "coding up" the WHO death database

I'm not quite sure as to why I have a year missing in France (maybe it was a strike year ...). Still, there does seem to be massive volatility in lung cancer over time and space. It's most likely that my code is wrong but over time my code will be right. My main probem at the moment is that ICD codes are a little opaque - see here. "Deaths" in the charts should be "Deaths per 100,000".

 My aim in the future is to recreate this map  using the CDC data  but as this will be a little more complicted, I shall leave it until later.