Survival of passengers on the Titanic

This data set provides information on the fate of passengers on the fatal maiden voyage of the ocean liner ‘Titanic’, summarized according to economic status (class), sex, age and survival.


The sinking of the Titanic is a famous event, and new books are still being published about it. Many well-known facts---from the proportions of first-class passengers to the ‘women and children first’ policy, and the fact that that policy was not entirely successful in saving the women and children in the third class---are reflected in the survival rates for various classes of passenger.

These data were originally collected by the British Board of Trade in their investigation of the sinking. Note that there is not complete agreement among primary sources as to the exact numbers on board, rescued, or lost.

Due in particular to the very successful film ‘Titanic’, the last years saw a rise in public interest in the Titanic. Very detailed data about the passengers is now available on the Internet, at sites such as Encyclopedia Titanica (https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/).


A 4-dimensional array resulting from cross-tabulating 2201 observations on 4 variables. The variables and their levels are as follows:

No Name Levels
1 Class 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Crew
2 Sex Male, Female
3 Age Child, Adult

  • Titanic
library(datasets) # NOT RUN { require(graphics) mosaicplot(Titanic, main = "Survival on the Titanic") ## Higher survival rates in children? apply(Titanic, c(3, 4), sum) ## Higher survival rates in females? apply(Titanic, c(2, 4), sum) ## Use loglm() in package 'MASS' for further analysis ... # }
Documentation reproduced from package datasets, version 3.6.2, License: Part of R 3.6.2

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