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Table 1 Selected tariffs in the adult module of the PHMRC dataset

From: Performance of the Tariff Method: validation of a simple additive algorithm for analysis of verbal autopsies

Causes Ulcer oozed pus Lump in the neck Convulsions Pain in left arm Free text: "cancer"
Diabetes with skin infection 25 0.5 0.5 1 -0.5
Esophageal cancer -0.5 8.5 -1.5 1 4.5
Hypertensive disorder (maternal) -0.5 0.5 7 -0.5 -0.5
Acute myocardial infarction 0 -1 -0.5 4.5 0.5
Cervical cancer 0 0.5 -0.5 -0.5 7
  1. Tariffs were calculated as explained in the Methods section. These particular tariffs were selected because they demonstrate how the method can be somewhat intuitive from a medical perspective. For example, an ulcer oozing pus is a plausible sign for a person who died of diabetes with skin infection, though it seems somewhat less plausible for someone dying of acute myocardial infarction.