Weekly Content Selection #35
 
- This week I worked extensively on theories to help represent my population data. I wanted to release the new content that I've been working on over the past 2-3 weeks by this week but I didn't realize how much I had to work on thinking about how to describe and represent it. I've added some new subsections that will be released all at once once I publicly release this entire update. In these subsections I breakdown my new theories (a screenshot of part of a subsection is included in this post), define my own definitions, and add more detailed observations about trends that I'm seeming in my data. Along with these new theories, I've been updating the header notation that I use to describe what I'm analyzing in my spreadsheets. I'm trying to make the terminology that I use more universal in breaking down political divisions by level instead of by formal names like "county" since not all regions are easily comparable. With all of this work, I've been considering the idea of combining all of my "developed English speaking world (DESW)" data into one article but I'm unsure if I can find a way to accurately represent all of the places above a 1,000 inhabitant threshold. 5,000 is much more doable. I'm trying to think of ways to minimize the amount of structure that I need to produce and maintain for my research. That way it won't easily become overwhelming to update things when I come across new information. It will also be easier for other people to utilize my work and find exactly what they need faster. Before I can release my Canadian and American data update for municipalities with more than 1,000 inhabitants around the year 1900 I have a number of things left to do: - Add water transportation information to around 3,100+ out of the 4,100+ municipalities collected. - Renumber the railways for the railway data to reflect the new prevalences found when incorporating a new threshold into the data from a new source. - Figure out which municipalities have annexed or amalgamated since around 1900. Also work on theories regarding these changes that occurred over time. - Touch up my introduction section and add other minor observations to the data. - I also need to decide what I want to do relative to the other data I have collected for the DESW. - I also need to read more related material to help myself develop better theoretical framework. Especially if I want to combine with the British population data. I need to understand how their political divisions worked around 1900 and how they work today and what has changed between. - I've also gotten an interest in using my data to analyze urban inequality and I've been working slightly on starting an article on that topic. As always, thank you SO much for your continued support! It means a great deal to me both mentally and financially!