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rmoss89
01-23-2006, 06:34 AM
This contains the responses I received to my request for current anthropometry references. There were some references I wasn't aware of and some were still older data but they may be of use to others. Thanks for the responses.



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There are many books available, however, as you point out the data is usually older or based on military personnel. I personally doní»t like most of these books because they only provide summary tables of dimensions. This information is only useful for univariate problems because it does not capture interactions between dimensions. This problem commonly shows up with the false belief that there is a 95th percentile male (or 5th Percentile Female) . . . mathematically this is impossible for multiple anthropometric dimensions.



There is also an added problem in that many of these tables do not identify the anthropometric study. What was the sample demographic? What was the sample size? How was the dimension measured?



Anyway, I much prefer looking at the actual dataset. The downside to this is there are fewer released databases. Anyway here are 2 good sites for US civilian data.



Anthrokids- Consumer Product Safety

http://www.itl.nist.gov/iaui/ovrt/projects/anthrokids/



US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data files http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/datalink.htm



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Try "Anthropometrica" edited by Kevin Norton and Tim Olds.

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You may wish to check out the book "The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors In Design" by Alvin R. Tilley and Henry Dreyfuss associates. It includes data from 1% to 99% and is published by John Wiley & Sons with a revised 2002 edition.

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Have a look at this ISB archive it might be useful-- isb.ri.ccf.org/biomch-l/archives/biomch-l-1999-01/00160.html

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Winter DA, 1990, Biomechanics and motor control of human movement, Wiley - New York



it may be the right book for you, ciao!

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I can't give you a single reference for what you are asking but I can tell you what we are using. We have a number of books from the 70s and 80s, so I won't list those. Our most common reference now is the 1997 Anthropometric Survey of the Land Forces. It is only adults and yes, it's military personnel. We use it because it is recent data and much of our work is for the Canadian Military anyway.



It is a final report prepared by:

Les Consultants Genicom Inc.

3400 Boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest,

Montreal, Quebec

H3Z 3B8

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There is a newer edition based on Dreufys... "The measures of man and woman" by Tilley.

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