The 2001 CSO Mortality Tables represent the most widely used approximations as to the expected rates of death in the United States as a function of age. This Demonstration manipulates that data to produce three types of plots. The first type shows , the probability that someone alive at the axis age will die the following year. The second type shows , the probability that someone alive at a user-specified "attained age" will be alive at the axis age. The third type shows , the probability that someone alive at a user-specified attained age will die during the axis age.

The data used in this Demonstration was taken from data developed by the American Academy of Actuaries CSO Task Force from the Valuation Basic Mortality Table developed by the Society of Actuaries Individual Life Insurance Valuation Mortality Task Force, and was adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in December 2002. As of May 2007, it may be found online at http://www.actuary.org/life/cso/appendix_a_jun02.xls.

Snapshot 1: the probability a 50 year old male non-smoker will be alive at various ages

Snapshot 2: the probability a male smoker alive at a given time will die the next year (starting at age 50)

Snapshot 3: the probability that a 22 year old female non-smoker will die during the axis age