Why so many missing values for population by regency in Indonesia in the 1995 census round?

Dear Bob,

I used the function “Analyze data online” to get population counts for Indonesia by regency. For many regencies, data for 1995 is missing (and thus indicated as “0”). I am aware that “0” does not necessarily mean “missing” all the time: It can also mean that at the respective census round, the regency did not exist yet (as it split off another regency at some point after that census year). However, this is not the answer/solution to the problem for the 1995 census round: This data simply appears to be missing, as data is available for the 1990 census round. I hope I expressed myself clearly, and hope you have the answer.

Dear Paul,

Yes, your question is clear.

Unfortunately for the 1995 sample there are no data for any regencies in the provinces of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua, as noted in the comparability discussion for GEO2B_ID (see link below):

"Some provinces and their associated regencies are missing altogether from the data in specific years:

  • Aceh in 2005
  • All provinces of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in 1995
  • East Timor is only included from 1985 to 1995"

We make every effort to obtain the best copies of each dataset. In the case of ID 1995, this is the best that we could do.

Sorry.

Bob.