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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 821436, 11 pages
Research Article

Contraceptive Use in India: A Data Mining Approach

Shyam Institute, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462003, India

Received 17 March 2014; Accepted 6 July 2014; Published 3 August 2014

Academic Editor: Jonathan Haughton

Copyright © 2014 Aalok Ranjan Chaurasia. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper uses data mining approach to analyse patterns of contraceptive use in India by comparing contraceptive use among groups of women with distinct demographic, economic, cultural, and social characteristics. The analysis suggests that currently married, nonpregnant women aged 15–49 years in India can be classified into 13 mutually exclusive groups on the basis of six characteristics of women—surviving children, household standard of living, religion, women’s years of schooling, husbands’ education, and residence. Contraceptive use pattern in these 13 groups is essentially different and reflects the orientation of family planning efforts, especially, official family planning efforts in the country. The observed differences in the patterns of contraceptive use have important policy and programme implications in the context of universal access to family planning.