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Title: Missing data
Authors: Molenberghs, Geert
Beunckens, Caroline
Jansen, Ivy
Thijs, Herbert
Verbeke, Geert
Kenward, M.G.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York
Citation: Pigeot, Iris; Ahrends, Wolfgang (Ed.). Handbook of Epidemiology, p. 1283-1336
Abstract: The problem of dealing with missing values is common throughout statistical work and is present whenever human subjects are enrolled. Respondents may refuse participation or may be unreachable. Patients in clinical and epidemiological studies may withdraw their initial consent without further explanation. Early work on missing values was largely concerned with algorithmic and computational solutions to the induced lack of balance or deviations from the intended study design (Afifi and Elashoff 1966; Hartley and Hocking 1971). More recently, general algorithms such as the Expectation–Maximization (EM) (Dempster et al. 1977) and data imputation and augmentation procedures (Rubin 1987; Tanner and Wong 1987), combined with powerful computing resources, have largely provided a solution to this aspect of the problem. There remains the very difficult and important question of assessing the impact of missing data on subsequent statistical inference. Conditions can be formulated, under which an analysis that proceeds as if the missing data are missing by design, that is, ignoring the missing value process, can provide valid answers to study questions. While such an approach is attractive from a pragmatic point of view, the difficulty is that such conditions can rarely be assumed to hold with full certainty. Indeed, assumptions will be required that cannot be assessed from the data under analysis. Hence in this setting there cannot be anything that could be termed a definitive analysis, and hence any analysis of preference is ideally to be supplemented with a so-called sensitivity analysis.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17784
DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-09834-0_20
ISBN: 9780387098333
Category: B2
Type: Book Section
Validation: vabb, 2016
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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