Please join us tomorrow of the last Change Seminar of winter quarter.
Professor Sam Clark from the UW Sociology Department will be talking
InSilicoVA. A new tool to help classify cause of death through verbal

*What:* Sam Clark: InSiliccoVA a verbal autopsy tool.
*When:* Tuesday, March 1 at 12pm
*Where:* The Allen Center, CSE 203

*Abstract:* In regions without complete-coverage civil registration and
vital statistics systems there is uncertainty about even the most basic
demographic indicators. In such areas the majority of deaths occur outside
hospitals and are not recorded. Worldwide, fewer than one-third of deaths
are assigned a cause, with the least information available from the most
impoverished nations. In populations like this, verbal autopsy (VA) is a
commonly used tool to assess cause of death and estimate cause-specific
mortality rates and the distribution of deaths by cause. VA uses an
interview with caregivers of the decedent to elicit data describing the
signs and symptoms leading up to the death. We develop a new statistical
tool known as InSilicoVA to classify cause of death using information
acquired through VA. InSilicoVA shares uncertainty between cause of death
assignments for specific individuals and the distribution of deaths by
cause across the population. Using side-by-side comparisons with both
observed and simulated data, we demonstrate that InSilicoVA has distinct
advantages compared to currently available methods.
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