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If you know when someone was born, and you know what time it is, you know how old they are. If you know how old someone is and when they were born, you know the date on which they are being observed. If you know someone’s age as of a given time, you know when they were born. These are ineluctable features of algebra (age ≡ period – cohort) and geometry, as reflected in the Lexis diagram (Chauvel 2014, 384-389). There are many ways that one can turn the problem (e.g., cohort ≡ period – age) and thus many alternative forms of observation, classification, and depiction. However, there is a strong statistical sense in which there are only two pieces of information, not three.
age, cohort analysis, age-period-cohort model
Smith, Herbert 2020. "Age-Period-Cohort Analysis: What Is It Good For?." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2020-46. https://repository.upenn.edu/psc_publications/46.
Date Posted: 01 June 2020