Instructions for the use of the data files considered

After the installation of PRODEMOG 3.0 in unit C, if you open the directory with the same PRODEMOG name (or that chosen for the positioning of the software) you will see that it is divided into the following sub-directories:






If, for example, you wish to use the program for determining the parameters of the survival function with the Weibull model, use:


where you will find the necessary files. The other programs are also organized in this manner.

The PRODEMOG programs work on files of data that is already packaged according to determined criteria, and that are supplied in the 2002 edition.

Using EDIT, new data can be added or subtracted from these files provided that the structure of these files has not been modified. New files can also be created, organizing the data according to the project carried out in the program. It is, in fact, necessary to respect the modality of writing and spacing in headings, names, the list and entering dates in order for PRODEMOG to function properly.

For this reason, detailed instructions for integrating or canceling data in existing files, and also for the creation of new files, are found on pages 8 and 9 of the PRODEMOG userís manual.

These instructions are valid for all files relative to PRODEMOG, which are reported from Tables 1 through 15 of the manual, or they can be obtained directly from the program files, which are:

FERT Sector

The three programs included in this sector: PROGR, FERPA and PARCO, employ the following files:

TAFE*.DOC with fertility rates per annual classes of age, such as in Table 1 of the manual. The program files go from TAFE1.DOC up to TAFE 10.DOC;

TAFEQ*.DOC with fertility rates per quinquennial periods of age such as Table 2. The program files go from TAFEQ1.DOC up to TAFEQ10.DOC.

The code in the first column is made up of 6 numbers of which the first three represent the code of the country (see Tab. A in the manual), while the last 3 numbers indicate the year of reference. Thus, in file Tafe1.doc, the code is 035936, 035937, Ö, where 035 represents Italy and 930 is the year 1930.

These files can also contain data from different countries, as, for example, in TAFE2.Doc.

MORT Sector

The files relative to LOGIT, PARAM, and SURVANA (see Table 3 of the manual) are constructed analogously, although some arrive at 85 years of age and others go up to 105.

The codes in the first column of the files represent the sex, country code and the year of reference of the data.

For example, code F0411965 should be interpreted as follows:

F=female 041=code for Sweden 1965=year of reference

For UNITAV software you can create other files relative to life tables different from those reported in PRODEMOG 3.0, according to their simple structure reported, for example, in Table 4 of the manual, and keeping in mind the limits of age for the life tables both with annual classes of age and with quinquennial classes.

POPUL Sector

For LOGPO and SVILOGIS subjects in this sector you can use the same files. In PRODEMOG 3.0 we have inserted three, each relative to a different country: the United States, Italy and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), in which the complete code is made up of six characters. The first three indicate the type of data reported, POM, POF or POT, according to which refers to the male, female or total (M+F) population. The three characters that follow represent the country code number (see page 47 of the manual).

The PROJECT program requires the preparation of four files that are named according to four different suffixes: MF, QPM, QPF, or FE, followed by the monogram relative to the considered country, according to the code reported in Tab. A of the manual. According to that reported in Chapter 10.3 of the manual, MF represents the starting male and female population; QPM e QPF represents the forecast male and female quotients of surviving; FE represents the quinquennial fertility rates.

If, for example, the projection regards Spain, the above indicated files would be named as follows: MFSPA, QPMSPA, QPFSPA and FESPA, as SPA is the monogram for Spain.


CENSA and PYRAMID subjects use the same files, CENSAA.DOC and CENSAB.DOC, classified according to A or B before *.DOC, to which other files can be added, in order with C, D, etc.

The LOTKA program uses files for which the modality of composition is sufficiently shown in point 10.4 of the manual.

The PARAFUSO program does not need files, as the data to be elaborated is directly inserted by the operator.


In this sector, one can store many of the results obtained by the program.


Corrections in the PRODEMOG Userís Manual:

Page 43, line 9. Rather than TAFE8, TAFE9 and TAFE10, the files are TAFEQ8, TAFEQ9 and TAFEQ10.