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Tools for aggregate demographic analysis

Date: 2021-11-23

DemoTools is an R package that contains simple functions often used in demographic analysis. It is in active development.

This project is commissioned by the UN Population Division and financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Making Family Planning Count project. Work is also done in collaboration with Sean Fennell, José Manuel Aburto, Ilya Kashnitsky, Marius Pascariu, Jorge Cimentada, Monica Alexander, and with minor contributions from several more (thank you!). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).

The idea behind DemoTools is to provide a common set of functions that can be easily used by analysts and scientists working on demographic analysis and modeling.

If you detect a bug or have a suggestion please notify us using the Issues tab on github. Even better if you fix it and make a pull request! See CONTRIBUTING.md for more tips on reporting bugs or offering patches.

Getting Started and installation

If you are getting started with DemoTools we recommend taking a look at the tutorial articles and the examples in the package documentation.

You can load the DemoTools package in R like so:

# install.packages("remotes")

# requires the development version of rstan, sorry!
install.packages("rstan", repos = c("https://mc-stan.org/r-packages/", getOption("repos")))


To cite DemoTools in publications, please use:

Riffe T, Aburto JM, Alexander M,Fennell S, Kashnitsky I, Pascariu M and Gerland P. (2019) DemoTools: An R package of tools for aggregate demographic analysis URL: https://github.com/timriffe/DemoTools/.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is:

  Title     = {Demo{T}ools: {A}n {R} package of tools for aggregate demographic analysis},
  Author    = {Riffe, T and Aburto, JM and Alexander, M and Fennell, S and Kashnitsky, I and Pascariu, M and Gerland, P},
  Year      = {2019},
  note      = {URL:~\url{https://github.com/timriffe/DemoTools/}}

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