Analysis of Life Histories: A State Space Approach

  • Fernando Rajulton Population Studies Centre, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario


The computer package LIFEHIST written by the author is meant for analyzing life histories through a state space approach. Basic ideas on which the various programs have been built are described in this paper in a nonmathematical language. Users can use various programs for multistate analyses based on Markov and semi-Markov frameworks and sequences of transitions implied in life histories. The package is under constant revision, and programs for using a few specific models the author thinks will be useful for analyzing longitudinal data will be incorporated in the near future.