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

Catherine Porter, Paul Atkinson, Ian Norman Gregory

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume36
Early online date08 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • GIS
  • nineteenth century
  • Mortality
  • infant mortality
  • Cartography
  • Spatial humanities
  • Digital Humanities
  • Research methods

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