MVEX01-19-17 Postponement theory - statistical verification

​There is a widely spread belief that a person can postpone the death (natural, not accidental, of course!) by mobilising his/her vital forces to leave until that important date ahead, for instance, until the next birthday. If the postponement theory is true, we should observe statistically less deaths just prior to the person’s birthday and, probably, more just after it. It is suggested that the students taking the project (up to 3) would statistically analyse the database of the Supercentenarians - the people who lived 110 and more years and, perhaps, some other available data. The work will include familiarising with the survival statistics methods, hypotheses testing paradigm, methods of comparing distributions (chi-square, Kolmogorov-Smirnov, permutation tests), and simulations methods.

References
[1] John Fox: Introduction to survival analysis​
[2] Validated Deceased Supercentenarians
[3] Holger Rootzen and Dmitrii Zholud: Human life is unlimited – but short

Projektkod MVEX01-19-17
Gruppstorlek 3-4 studenter
Målgrupp GU- och Chalmersstudenter. För GU-studenter räknas projektet som ett projekt i Matematisk statistik (MSG900/MSG910).
Projektspecifika förkunskapskrav Fluency in programming in Matlab or R is not essential but it would be a large benefit.
Se respektive kursplan för allmänna förkunskapskrav. Utöver de allmänna förkunskapskraven i MVEX01 ska Chalmersstudenter ha avklarat kurser i en- och flervariabelanalys, linjär algebra och matematisk statistik.
Handledare Sergey Zuev, sergei.zuyev@chalmers.se
Examinator Maria Roginskaya, Ulla Dinger
Institution Matematiska vetenskaper

Publicerad: må 22 okt 2018. Ändrad: on 24 okt 2018