Gendered Death Frequency At Calvary Cemetery

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As the final analysis of  the data our team gathered at Calvary Cemetery I plotted the death frequency against bins of five year intervals. Here I created a bar graph displaying the relationship between male and female interments over time.  Although our sample size is quite small there is one spike in the data that stands out markedly. The interval between 1900 and 1910 produced seven male burials relative to a total absence of female grave. I would venture the guess that this predominance of male burials may actually reflect an unevenly gendered population. U.S. Census data shows that in 1900 Washington state had 142.2 male to every 100 female residents.

There are also two other five year periods were male graves outnumber the females’. This is from 1940 to 1949 and from 1950 to 1954. Both of these time frames cover the times of the second World War and the Korean Conflict respectively. Further analysis of a larger data set if definitely suggested in order to test the hypothesis that national involvement in military conflict might be exhibited by a gender differentiated analysis of death frequencies as observed in cemeteries.

 Death Frequencies Graph


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