Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 14:53:02 -0700
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From: "David L. Cassell" <cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject: Re: TIME Series Help
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kende jan <kendejan@YAHOO.FR> wrote:
> I have data relating to the temperatures and the deaths day per day
> and age group for one year. I will like to compare the rates of deaths
> for two particular periods. What can bring the methods of the time
> series to me?
> If somebody can give me indications in order to treat these data this
> would help me enormously.
Hmmm. First, it is not clear to me that you are really analyzing the
data as a time series. If you only want to compare two rates taken at
different times, then I would say that you do *not* have much of a time
series problem. If you want to look at temporal trends for different
groups, then that looks much more like a time series problem to me.
either way, I think that you will want to consult with a statistician
near you and get his/her opinions after he/she has a chance to study
If you want to try to analyze the data yourself using time series
analysis, then I would recommend a book like:
"Applied time series analysis for the social sciences" by McCleary and
But be wanred that a lot of time series analysis is studying the data,
performing diagnostic plots, evaluating analyses, model-building and
model-testing, and more hands-on work which is not strictly the sort of
"plug in the numbers and come up with a magic formula" work that plenty
forecasting software packages try to tell you it is.
David Cassell, CSC
Senior computing specialist