We stir the data-pile a bit more this time around. We start with the question – does a certain portion of the population avoid inauspicious days through appropriately chosen C-Section slots?
I did some digging and it’s pretty hard to map out all the inauspicious times over 2012-15. In any case we don’t have time stamps just birth dates. So the two possible things we could check for are whether certain:
- dates (such as the 13th)
- days (such as Tuesday)
are being materially under-represented.
Dates & Months
Every date on average should see ~0.27% (1/365) of births for the year. Each number denotes deviation from average in basis points. i.e for instance Jan 1 sees 0.29% more births i.e more than double what is to be expected.
a. 1 & 2nd Jan seem vastly over-represented – I first considered dropping 01Jan presuming this was owing to typos in the original data but it doesn’t seem to be the case
b. There is material relative under-representation of the 13th vs the 12th and the 14th – except for the month of October in almost every month fewer children were born on the 13th vs the 12th or the 14th
c. Apr, May and Jun are under-represented – this is presumably owing to parents “blue-shirting” their kids and securing admissions in Noida and Gurgaon unwilling to let their children “waste” a year risking Delhi school admissions – these children would then not apply to Delhi schools this year biasing the dataset.
Days of the Week:
Surprisingly good old fashioned sanity seems to prevail here – no one wants to hit an understaffed hospital on a Saturday or a Sunday if they an avoid it. Instead there is a spill-over effect into the front half of the following week and to some extent Thu & Fri.
The anticipated Tuesday drop is non-existent.