Combining statistics and texts using GIS: nineteenth century health reports

Catherine Porter, Paul Atkinson, Ian Norman Gregory

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This paper combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to explore how statistics and textual information may be compared. Combined with known mortality figures, for the first time, this research provides a spatial picture of the relationship between the Registrar-General’s discussion of disease and deaths in England and Wales during the nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries. A variety of techniques are employed to provide a new view on whether government published texts were directly related to changing mortality patterns during this time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGISRUK 2015 Conference Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventGISRUK 2015 - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Apr 201517 Apr 2015


ConferenceGISRUK 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • gis
  • Corpora
  • corpus linguistics
  • nineteenth century
  • Digital Humanities
  • Spatial humanities


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