Imputation of missing values in the case of a multiple item instrument measuring alcohol consumption

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serval:BIB_292F9FCDB484
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Imputation of missing values in the case of a multiple item instrument measuring alcohol consumption
Journal
Statistics in Medicine
Author(s)
Gmel  G.
ISSN
0277-6715 (Print)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
08/2001
Volume
20
Number
15
Pages
2369-81
Notes
Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't --- Old month value: Aug 15
Abstract
Missing values in survey instruments are a common problem for survey researchers. It is aggravated in the case of instruments used to measure alcohol consumption: they usually consist of item batteries from which summary measures, such as grams of pure alcohol per day, are constructed, and a missing value (for example, quantity or frequency) in regard to a single item for only one of several beverages results in a missing summary measure across all of the beverages, though the values for the remaining items are known. The present paper examines different approaches to imputation of missing values, feasible with standard statistical software packages. Hot-deck imputation is shown to have certain advantages, but even single-value imputation (for example, median imputation) results in values that are comparable to those of the other three imputation methods.
Keywords
Adult Aged Alcohol Drinking/*epidemiology Algorithms Female Humans Male Middle Aged *Questionnaires Regression Analysis Statistics/*methods Switzerland/epidemiology
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Web of science
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25/01/2008 17:16
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20/08/2019 13:08
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