nCube : Cause of Death

nCubes hold all the statistics presented by the Vision of Britain system, and are defined as combinations of variables. For example, the age-sex tables that appear in most census reports are held as two-dimensional nCubes in which one dimension is a variable categorising sex and the other variable defines a set of age groups. nCubes can have many dimensions, such as age by sex by occupation by cause of death, or just one.

Cause of Death
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Cause of Death as reported by the Registrar General's Quarterly Returns, 1871-1911. These reports used a greatly simplified cause of death classification, mainly focused on epidemic diseases of childhood, and provided no breakdown of causes of death by gender or age. Note that the detailed classification changed between 1901 and 1911: in 1911, Cholera was not listed, 'Fever' was replaced by the more specific 'Enteric or Typhoid Fever', and 'Diarrhoea' was replaced by 'Diarrhoea and Enteritis', specifically for deaths under 2 years.

Data available for download:

Data for these unit types and dates are available to UK Federation members for download — select one:

Unit Type Date Data Count

1871 30

1881 30

1891 30

1901 30

1871 550

1876 50

1881 550

1891 550

1901 550

1911 495

1871 6280

1876 440

1881 6300

1891 6320

1901 6340

1911 5706

1871 21860

1876 2270

1881 21670

1891 20980

1901 20470

1911 17955

nCube " Cause of Death " is contained within:

Dataset Groups, bringing together related datasets:

Entity ID Entity Name
NG_CoD Cause of Death Statistics

Universes, definining what the values in datasets add up to:

Entity ID Entity Name
U_DEATHS All deaths

nCube " Cause of Death " contains:

Variables, defining what data was gathered for :

Entity ID Entity Name
V_CoD_QR_SUBD Cause of Death (RG Quarterly Return definition)

Cause of Death: Data map listing

Each of our datasets, or nCubes, combines one or more variables (Var) each of which consists of a set of categories. The data map lists all the possible combinations of categories. The cell references are the identifiers held in our main table of statistics, recording what each number measures.

Cell Reference Var Category Value
CoD_QR_SUBD:small 1 Small-pox
CoD_QR_SUBD:measl 1 Measles
CoD_QR_SUBD:scarl 1 Scarlet fever
CoD_QR_SUBD:dipth 1 Diptheria
CoD_QR_SUBD:whoop 1 Whooping Cough
CoD_QR_SUBD:fever 1 Fever
CoD_QR_SUBD:diarr 1 Diarrhoea
CoD_QR_SUBD:chol 1 Cholera
CoD_QR_SUBD:viol 1 Violent Deaths
CoD_QR_SUBD:other 1 Other