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README.md

Data on religion and politics in India

upcandidates2012

This table contains a list of candidates and their likely religion for the 2012 Vidhan Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh, guessed with the name2community algorithm.

Variables

name description
id unique code for each row, in case one ever needs it
ac_id_09 ID code of the assembly segment assigned by the Election Commission (identical with all other post-delimitation codes, hence the _09)
candidate_*_name_12 Name of the candidate running for party *
candidate_*_religion_12 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_12 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/AE2012_8913.xls on May 27, 2013 as an Excel file; it was manually converted into candidates-2012.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.