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The short Wikipedia article linked from Bryan Krause's answer seems not to get much google juice perhaps because it's verys short, but it does have a source: A dictionary of epidemiology (OUP), which says absolute risk (AR) The probability of an event (usually adverse, but it may also be beneficial) in a closed population over a specified time interval. The ...


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Absolute risk is just "events/population". "# of deaths in a population" is an absolute risk. I don't see any other more complex way to define or describe it, it's one of the simplest summary measures there is. It differs from "case" or "infections" measures in that the denominator is the whole population. If you pluck ...


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