An R package for fitting age, period and cohort models

Adriano Decarli, Carlo La Vecchia, Matteo Malvezzi, Rocco Micciolo

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In this paper we present the R implementation of a GLIM macro which fits age-period-cohort model following Osmond and Gardner. In addition to the estimates of the corresponding model, owing to the programming capability of R as an object oriented language, methods for printing, plotting and summarizing the results are provided. Furthermore, the researcher has fully access to the output of the main function (apc) which returns all the models fitted within the function. It is so possible to critically evaluate the goodness of fit of the resulting model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalEpidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Age-period-cohort models
  • Cohort analysis
  • R language
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Community and Home Care


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