Human Development Index: A Theory

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Human Development Index was measured using the United Nation Developmental Plan tool.  Malnutrition rate of a country was the proportion of the frequency malnutrition over the total population. This study explored what factor can countries be grouped by clusters and identified which factors had significance to the human development index of a country. The study made use of data mining to collect data on 15 selected countries out of the 175 countries of the world. Selection criteria was to select countries from each stratum of the level of human development index. Cluster analysis was used to explore what variable can group the 15 countries into three clusters. The process or the analysis revealed that among the five variables human developmental index was the factor that grouped the countries into clusters. There were similarities and differences of the characteristics of the countries as the bases to generate propositions that led into a theory. The health status of the people, the knowledge they learned, and their socio-economic conditions were crucial elements for human development of a nation, together with the stability of the governing body. The emergent theory of the study stated the theory on human developmental index based on the cluster analysis that the development of a country was mainly contributed by the knowledge of its people and stability of governance with the people’s good health and economic condition.

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