availableLaws: Check Available Mortality Laws

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availableLawsR Documentation

Check Available Mortality Laws


The function returns information about the parametric models that can be called and fitted in the MortalityLaw function. For a comprehensive review of the most important mortality laws, Tabeau (2001) is a good starting point.


availableLaws(law = NULL)



Optional. Default: NULL. One can extract details about a certain model by specifying its codename.


The output is of the "availableLaws" class with the components:


Table with mortality models and codes to be used in MortalityLaw


Table with details about the section of the mortality curve


Marius D. Pascariu


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