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Quadratic spline fits by nonlinear least squares

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  • Carl Schmertmann

    (Florida State University)

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This web program fits a Quadratic Spline model, as described in Schmertmann (2003; Demographic Research Volume 9, Article 5), to any empirical fertility schedule supplied by the user. The fit minimizes the sum of squared differences between the empirical nfx values and the nfx values from the QS model schedule. Output includes parameter estimates, a graphical depiction of the fitted schedule, and several text reports. Users do not need specialized statistical software or a particular operating system to run the program; the only requirement is a web browser. Software http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol12/5/qsfit/qsfit.html

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  • Carl Schmertmann, 2005. "Quadratic spline fits by nonlinear least squares," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 12(5), pages 105-106, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:12:y:2005:i:5
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    1. Ezra Gayawan & Samson B. Adebayo & Reuben A. Ipinyomi & Benjamin Oyejola, 2010. "Modeling fertility curves in Africa," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 22(10), pages 211-236, February.

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    Keywords

    fertility; fertility models; quadratic splines; software;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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