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Combining statistics and texts using GIS: nineteenth century health reports

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This paper combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to explore how statistics and textual information may be compared. Combined with known mortality figures, for the first time, this research provides a spatial picture of the relationship between the Registrar-General’s discussion of disease and deaths in England and Wales during the nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries. A variety of techniques are employed to provide a new view on whether government published texts were directly related to changing mortality patterns during this time.

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Dear Catherine, Good news! The GISRUK2015 conference proceedings are now available on line with a DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1491375 Thank you for your contribution and for supporting the conference. All the best, Nick .