Geographical text analysis:a new approach to understanding nineteenth-century mortality

Porter, Catherine and Atkinson, Paul and Gregory, Ian Norman (2015) Geographical text analysis:a new approach to understanding nineteenth-century mortality. Health and Place, 36. pp. 25-34. ISSN 1353-8292

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This paper uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Corpus Linguistics to extract disease related keywords from the Registrar-General’s Decennial Supplements. Combined with known mortality figures, this provides, for the first time, a spatial picture of the relationship between the Registrar-General’s discussion of disease and deaths in England and Wales in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Techniques such as collocation, density analysis, the Hierarchical Regional Settlement matrix and regression analysis are employed to extract and analyse the data resulting in new insight into the relationship between the Registrar-General’s published texts and the changing mortality patterns during this time.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health and Place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health and Place, 36, 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.08.010
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