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Mortality in high income countries: Causes of death show more variation

The researchers used the so-called normalized Shannon entropy, which is a measure of how different one population’s cause of death distribution is from another. If everyone died of the same cause, entropy would be 0. If there was an equal chance of dying from all 19 major cause of death categories, entropy would be 1. Related Press Release


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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.