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LICENSE.md
README.md
candidates-2009.csv
charmap.py
createnamedb.pl
guesscommunity.pl
soundex.py
transform.pl
upcandidates2009.csv
upcandidates2009.sql

README.md

Data on religion and politics in India

upcandidates2009

This table contains a list of candidates and their likely religion for the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Uttar Pradesh, guessed with the name2community algorithm.

Variables

name description
id unique code for each row, in case one ever needs it
pc_id_09 ID code of the parliamentary constituency assigned by the Election Commission (post-delimitation)
candidate_*_name_09 Name of the candidate running for party *
candidate_*_religion_09 Likely religion of the candidate running for party * (note that this is just a "best bet" based on the social connotations of the candidate's name, not a fact-checked statement!)
candidate_*_religion_certainty_09 Certainty index of likely religion of the candidate running for party * (a measure to eliminate false matches; see README of the name2community algorithm)

Raw data

Raw data was originally downloaded from http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/StatisticalReports/candidatewise/GE2009.xls on February 12, 2016 as an Excel file; it was manually converted into candidates-2009.csv, processed using guesscommunity.pl to add likely religion estimates, and then prepared for inclusion into the dataset using transform.pl.

License

While the database in its entirety is subject to an ODC Open Database License, as explained in the main README and LICENSE files, the content of this specific table is partly factual data and partly experimental, and as such only subject to a simple ODC Database Contents License. Code used for compilation is subject to a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.