On the maximal life span of humans. (English) Zbl 0872.62096

Summary: Mortality data from the Netherlands are analyzed using recently developed statistical methods in the field of extreme value theory. It is shown that there is a finite age limit. A 95% confidence interval for the age limit is 113-124 years. The results suggest differences between men and women. The suggested hypotheses could be tested on a larger data set.


62P10 Applications of statistics to biology and medical sciences; meta analysis
91D20 Mathematical geography and demography
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