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Discussion of "human life is unlimited-but short" by H Rootzen and D Zholud

Journal article
Authors Olle Nerman
Published in Extremes
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 411-413
ISSN 1386-1999
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Mathematical Sciences
Pages 411-413
Language en
Subject categories Probability Theory and Statistics


The statistical paper human life is short-but unlimited is briefly discussed. The possibilities and limitations of statistical inference concerning very long human life spans are considered. The restricted models of tail distributions that arise from assumption of renormalized convergence of max- or conditional peaks over thresholds-distributions are questioned in the application context of the reviewed paper. The restrictions of natural systems designs on possibilities of extreme life spans, and the potential to adopt modified extreme value models, allowing seasonal variation of death rates, are also pointed out.

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