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Weekly Content Selection #63
As usual, this week I continued working on my usual DESW "Developed English Speaking World" population data research project. As I've been doing for a while now, I continued to expand my coverage for Ireland, working on the 1871 and 1881 decennial censuses. So far, the 1861-1881 decennial censuses have been difficult to go through since there aren't comprehensive tables that contain all of the incorporated urban areas within Ireland. This means that I have to go through the longest and most in depth parts of the census reports and sift through thousands of pages of data pertaining to every little division to be found in Ireland during these censuses. That means, in order of decreasing precedence, going through all of the provinces, counties, baronies, parishes, and finally the level of townlands, townships, villages, towns, and cities in order to extract the needed information. 

Another complication that makes this extraction more tedious and time consuming has been how the inmates of public institutions, like military barracks, hospitals, workhouses, and bridewells, are usually quoted separately from the normal resident population. To take these separate figures into account, I've added notes in my datasheets, as can been seen in the screenshot included in this post, which are very time consuming to add. Due to political reorganization between the 1861 and 1871 censuses, many of the figures for the inmates of public institutions are inextricably included within the figure of the resident population making the data from the 1871 and 1881 censuses incongruent with the preceding ones.

Through all of the work that I've done over the past week, the number of places analyzed in my data has risen from 8,846 to 8,847, up by 1 place since last week at this time. The small increase is likely due to the potato famine, which had a long term effect of causing many places to lose population, meaning that there's less of a chance of a new place passing my 1,000 inhabitant threshold for the first time during the 19th century.

As usual, concerning my population data research project, I haven't publicly released any of these updates yet, unless otherwise specified. I'm waiting until I've completed all of these expansions that I've been working on and have a finished product to release. The DESW part one article, where all of the data will eventually be released to, can be found here on my website.

During all of my work this week, I've had to deal with a number of emotional issues that have caused me to have to analyze and learn some new things. It has been a growing process for me and it has taken a little bit of my time away from working on my data, which as my psychiatrist and psychologist would likely both point out, is healthy as I need to allow myself to do more in my life than just data analysis although it makes me quite happy. I also worked a little bit on a private project for someone that I'm unfortunately unable to give details about. 

As always, thank you SO much for your continued support! It means a great deal to me both mentally and financially!