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An evaluation of nearly-extinct cohort methods for estimating the very elderly populations of australia and new zealand.

Terblanche W, Wilson T - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: However, it is recognised that estimates derived from census counts are often unreliable.Official estimates in Australia proved reasonably accurate for ages 90+ but at 100+ they varied significantly in accuracy from year to year.Estimates produced by Statistics New Zealand in aggregate for ages 90+ proved very accurate.

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Affiliation: Queensland Centre for Population Research, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

ABSTRACT
The rapid growth of very elderly populations requires accurate population estimates up to the highest ages. However, it is recognised that estimates derived from census counts are often unreliable. Methods that make use of death data have not previously been evaluated for Australia and New Zealand. The aim was to evaluate a number of nearly-extinct cohort methods for producing very elderly population estimates by age and sex for Australia and New Zealand. The accuracy of official estimates was also assessed. Variants of three nearly-extinct cohort methods, the Survivor Ratio method, the Das Gupta method and a new method explicitly allowing for falling mortality over time, were evaluated by retrospective application over the period 1976-1996. Estimates by sex and single years of age were compared against numbers derived from the extinct cohort method. Errors were measured by the Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Error. It is confirmed that for Australian females the Survivor Ratio method constrained to official estimates for ages 90+ performed well. However, for Australian males and both sexes in New Zealand, more accurate estimates were obtained by constraining the Survivor Ratio method to official estimates for ages 85+. Official estimates in Australia proved reasonably accurate for ages 90+ but at 100+ they varied significantly in accuracy from year to year. Estimates produced by Statistics New Zealand in aggregate for ages 90+ proved very accurate. We recommend the use of the Survivor Ratio method constrained to official estimates for ages 85+ to create very elderly population estimates for Australia and New Zealand.

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Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Errors for males in New Zealand aged 90+ in each year 1976–1996.
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pone.0123692.g012: Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Errors for males in New Zealand aged 90+ in each year 1976–1996.

Mentions: WMAPEs in individual years for males aged 90+ are shown in Fig 12. The SR(5,5,85+) method produced the lowest errors on average over the whole period, followed closely by SR(5,3,85+). Following a period of large differences, the variants SR(5,5,85+) and SR(5,5,90+) produced very similar estimates from 1981. Errors from DG variants were higher and more volatile compared to SR variants, indicating that a longer age range is beneficial. Results varied very little whether survivor ratios were averaged over 3 or 5 cohorts. Errors from the unconstraint SR variant were also higher and more volatile than constrained SR variants.


An evaluation of nearly-extinct cohort methods for estimating the very elderly populations of australia and new zealand.

Terblanche W, Wilson T - PLoS ONE (2015)

Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Errors for males in New Zealand aged 90+ in each year 1976–1996.
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pone.0123692.g012: Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Errors for males in New Zealand aged 90+ in each year 1976–1996.
Mentions: WMAPEs in individual years for males aged 90+ are shown in Fig 12. The SR(5,5,85+) method produced the lowest errors on average over the whole period, followed closely by SR(5,3,85+). Following a period of large differences, the variants SR(5,5,85+) and SR(5,5,90+) produced very similar estimates from 1981. Errors from DG variants were higher and more volatile compared to SR variants, indicating that a longer age range is beneficial. Results varied very little whether survivor ratios were averaged over 3 or 5 cohorts. Errors from the unconstraint SR variant were also higher and more volatile than constrained SR variants.

Bottom Line: However, it is recognised that estimates derived from census counts are often unreliable.Official estimates in Australia proved reasonably accurate for ages 90+ but at 100+ they varied significantly in accuracy from year to year.Estimates produced by Statistics New Zealand in aggregate for ages 90+ proved very accurate.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Queensland Centre for Population Research, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

ABSTRACT
The rapid growth of very elderly populations requires accurate population estimates up to the highest ages. However, it is recognised that estimates derived from census counts are often unreliable. Methods that make use of death data have not previously been evaluated for Australia and New Zealand. The aim was to evaluate a number of nearly-extinct cohort methods for producing very elderly population estimates by age and sex for Australia and New Zealand. The accuracy of official estimates was also assessed. Variants of three nearly-extinct cohort methods, the Survivor Ratio method, the Das Gupta method and a new method explicitly allowing for falling mortality over time, were evaluated by retrospective application over the period 1976-1996. Estimates by sex and single years of age were compared against numbers derived from the extinct cohort method. Errors were measured by the Weighted Mean Absolute Percentage Error. It is confirmed that for Australian females the Survivor Ratio method constrained to official estimates for ages 90+ performed well. However, for Australian males and both sexes in New Zealand, more accurate estimates were obtained by constraining the Survivor Ratio method to official estimates for ages 85+. Official estimates in Australia proved reasonably accurate for ages 90+ but at 100+ they varied significantly in accuracy from year to year. Estimates produced by Statistics New Zealand in aggregate for ages 90+ proved very accurate. We recommend the use of the Survivor Ratio method constrained to official estimates for ages 85+ to create very elderly population estimates for Australia and New Zealand.

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