ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Socio-Economic Classification of Districts-A Statistical Approach

Biplab Dasgupta This paper seeks to examine the classification of districts according to their degree of development given in the 1961 Census in the light of more sophisticated statistical exercises than those undertaken by the Census Commission, The correlation matrix of the socio-economic variables is first examined in order to weed out the less significant ones and to find a smaller set of variables which move together and which approximately stand for economic and social development, Secondly, a principal component analysis is carried out on the basis of both this smaller set as also the original set of variables, and the districts are classified into four development categories according to the values of the principal component.

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