Cologne, Germany

Missing Data and Multiple Imputation

online course
when 14 August 2023 - 18 August 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 500

This online course provides an introduction to the theory and application of Multiple Imputation (MI) (Rubin 1987) which has become a very popular way for handling missing data, because it allows for correct statistical inference in the presence of missing data. With the advent of MI algorithms implemented in statistical standard software (R, SAS, Stata, SPSS,…), the method has become more accessible to data analysts. For didactic purposes, we start by introducing some naive ways of handling missing data, and we use the examination of their weaknesses to create an understanding of the framework of Multiple Imputation. The first day of this course is of a somewhat theoretical nature, but we believe that a fundamental understanding of the MI principle helps to adapt to a wider range of practical problems than focusing on a few select situations. We will subsequently shift to the more practical aspects of statistical analysis with missing data, and we will address frequent problems like regression with missing data. Further examples will be covered throughout the course, which are predominantly based on the statistical language R. We recommend basic R skills for this course, but it is possible to understand the course contents without prior knowledge in R, as the main MI algorithms are almost identical across all major software packages.

Course leader

Florian Meinfelder is a senior lecturer at the Department for Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Bamberg.
Angelina Hammon is currently doing her PhD in Statistics. She holds a Master in Survey Statistics from the University of Bamberg,

Target group

Participants will find the course useful if they:
- are survey methodologists working with incomplete data.
- are researchers who want to learn more about the analysis of incomplete data in general.
- are already aware of MI and its benefits but feel uncomfortable about the available parameter settings in MI algorithms implemented in their preferred statistical software.

- General knowledge of data preparation and data analysis
- An advanced understanding of the (generalized) linear model
- Familiarity with statistical distributions
- Basic knowledge of matrix algebra is helpful
- Solid skills in either R or Stata (recommended for exercises)

Course aim

By the end of the course participants should be:
- be familiar with the theoretical implications of the MI framework and will be aware of the explicit and implicit assumptions (e.g., will be able to explain within an article why MAR was assumed, etc.).
- know when to use MI (and when not).
- be aware how to specify a "good" imputation model and how to use diagnostics.
- be familiar with the availability of the various MI algorithms.
- be able to not only replicate situations akin to the case studies covered in the course, but also know how to handle incomplete data in general.

Credits info

4 EC
- Certificate of attendance issued upon completion.

Optional bookings:
The University of Mannheim acknowledges the workload for regular attendance, satisfactory work on daily assignments and for submitting a paper of 5000 words to the lecturer(s) by 15 October at the latest with 4 ECTS (70 EUR administration fee).

Fee info

EUR 500: Student/PhD student rate.
EUR 750: Academic/non-profit rate.
The rates include the tuition fee and the course materials.