Multiple Imputation and its Application


A practical guide to analysing partially observed data.

Collecting, analysing and drawing inferences from data is central to research in the medical and social sciences. Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to collect all the intended data. The literature on inference from the resulting incomplete data is now huge, and continues to grow both as methods are developed for large and complex data structures, and as increasing computer power and ...

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A practical guide to analysing partially observed data.

Collecting, analysing and drawing inferences from data is central to research in the medical and social sciences. Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to collect all the intended data. The literature on inference from the resulting incomplete data is now huge, and continues to grow both as methods are developed for large and complex data structures, and as increasing computer power and suitable software enable researchers to apply these methods.

This book focuses on a particular statistical method for analysing and drawing inferences from incomplete data, called Multiple Imputation (MI). MI is attractive because it is both practical and widely applicable. The authors aim is to clarify the issues raised by missing data, describing the rationale for MI, the relationship between the various imputation models and associated algorithms and its application to increasingly complex data structures.

Multiple Imputation and its Application:

  • Discusses the issues raised by the analysis of partially observed data, and the assumptions on which analyses rest.
  • Presents a practical guide to the issues to consider when analysing incomplete data from both observational studies and randomized trials.
  • Provides a detailed discussion of the practical use of MI with real-world examples drawn from medical and social statistics.
  • Explores handling non-linear relationships and interactions with multiple imputation, survival analysis, multilevel multiple imputation, sensitivity analysis via multiple imputation, using non-response weights with multiple imputation and doubly robust multiple imputation.

Multiple Imputation and its Application is aimed at quantitative researchers and students in the medical and social sciences with the aim of clarifying the issues raised by the analysis of incomplete data data, outlining the rationale for MI and describing how to consider and address the issues that arise in its application.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470740521
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Series: Statistics in Practice Series , #79
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 737,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Foundations

1 Introduction

1.1 Reasons for missing data

1.1.1 Patterns of missing data

1.1.2 Consequences of missing data

1.2 Inferential framework and notation

1.2.1 Missing Completely At Random (MCAR)

1.2.2 Missing At Random (MAR)

1.2.3 Missing Not At Random (MNAR)

1.2.4 Ignorability

1.3 Using observed data to inform assumptions about the missingness mechanism

1.4 Implications of missing data mechanisms for regression analyses

1.4.1 Partially observed response

1.4.2 Missing covariates

1.4.3 Missing covariates and response

1.4.4 Subtle issues I: the odds ratio

1.4.5 Implication for linear regression

1.4.6 Subtle issues II: sub sample ignorability

1.4.7 Summary: when restricting to complete records is valid

1.5 Summary

2 The Multiple Imputation Procedure and Its Justification

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Intuitive outline of the MI procedure

2.3 The generic MI Procedure

2.4 Bayesian justification of MI

2.5 Frequentist Inference

2.6 Choosing the number of imputations

2.7 Some simple examples

2.8 MI in More General Settings

2.8.1 Survey Sample Settings

2.9 Practical considerations for choosing imputation models

2.10 Discussion

II Multiple imputation for cross sectional data

3 Multiple imputation of quantitative data

3.1 Regression imputation with a monotone missingness pattern

3.1.1 MAR mechanisms consistent with a monotone pattern

3.1.2 Justification

3.2 Joint modelling

3.2.1 Fitting the imputation model

3.3 Full conditional specification

3.3.1 Justification

3.4 Full conditional specification versus joint modelling

3.5 Software for multivariate normal imputation

3.6 Discussion

4 Multiple imputation of binary and ordinal data

4.1 Sequential imputation with monotone missingness pattern

4.2 Joint modelling with the multivariate normal distribution

4.3 Modelling binary data using latent normal variables

4.3.1 Latent normal model for ordinal data

4.4 General location model

4.5 Full conditional specification

4.5.1 Justification

4.6 Issues with over-fitting

4.7 Pros and cons of the various approaches

4.8 Software

4.9 Discussion

5 Imputation of unordered categorical data

5.1 Monotone missing data

5.2 Multivariate normal imputation for categorical data

5.3 Maximum indicant model

5.3.1 Continuous and categorical variable

5.3.2 Imputing missing data

5.3.3 More than one categorical variable

5.4 General location model

5.5 FCS with categorical data

5.6 Perfect prediction issues with categorical data
5.7 Software

5.8 Discussion

6 Non-linear relationships

6.1 Passive imputation

6.2 No missing data in non-linear relationships

6.3 Missing data in non-linear relationships

6.3.1 Predictive Mean Matching (PMM)

6.3.2 Just Another Variable (JAV)

6.3.3 Joint modelling approach

6.3.4 Extension to more general models and missing data pattern

6.3.5 Metropolis Hastings sampling

6.3.6 Rejection sampling

6.3.7 FCS approach

6.4 Discussion

7 Interactions

7.1 Interaction variables fully observed

7.2 Interactions of categorical variables

7.3 General non-linear relationships

7.4 Software

7.5 Discussion

III Advanced Topics

8 Survival data, skips and large datasets

8.1 Time to event data

8.1.1 Imputing missing covariate values

8.1.2 Survival data as categorical

8.1.3 Imputing censored survival times

8.2 Non-parametric, or 'hot deck' imputation

8.2.1 Non-parametric imputation for survival data

8.3 Multiple imputation for skips

8.4 Two-stage MI

8.5 Large datasets

8.5.1 Large datasets and joint modelling

8.5.2 Shrinkage by constraining parameters

8.5.3 Comparison of the two approaches

8.6 Multiple Imputation and record linkage

8.7 Measurement error

8.8 Multiple imputation for aggregated scores

8.9 Discussion

9 Multilevel multiple imputation

9.1 Multilevel imputation model

9.2 MCMC algorithm for imputation model

9.3 Imputing level 2 covariates using FCS

9.4 Individual patient meta-analysis

9.4.1 When to apply Rubin's rules

9.5 Extensions

9.5.1 Random level-1 covariance matrices

9.5.2 Model_t

9.6 Discussion

10 Sensitivity analysis: MI unleashed

10.1 Review of MNAR modelling

10.2 Framing sensitivity analysis

10.3 Pattern mixture modelling with MI

10.3.1 Missing covariates

10.3.2 Application to survival analysis

10.4 Pattern mixture approach with longitudinal data via MI

10.4.1 Change in slope post-deviation

10.5 Piecing together post-deviation distributions from other trial arms

10.6 Approximating a selection model by importance weighting

10.6.1 Algorithm for approximate sensitivity analysis by reweighting

10.7 Discussion

11 Including survey weights

11.1 Using model based predictions

11.2 Bias in the MI Variance Estimator

11.2.1 MI with weights

11.2.2 Estimation in Domains

11.3 A multilevel approach

11.4 Further developments

11.5 Discussion

12 Robust Multiple Imputation

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Theoretical background

12.2.1 Simple Estimating equations

12.2.2 The probability of missingness (POM) model

12.2.3 Augmented inverse probability weighted estimating equation

12.3 Robust Multiple Imputation

12.3.1 Univariate MAR missing data

12.3.2 Longitudinal MAR missing data

12.4 Simulation studies

12.4.1 Univariate MAR missing data

12.4.2 Longitudinal monotone MAR missing data

12.4.3 Longitudinal non-monotone MAR missing data

12.4.4 Non-longitudinal non-monotone MAR missing data

12.4.5 Conclusions

12.5 The RECORD study

12.6 Discussion

Appendix A Markov Chain Monte Carlo

Appendix B Probability distributions

B.1 Posterior for the multivariate normal distribution



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