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st: RE: RE: use of impute command


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: RE: use of impute command
Date   Fri, 27 Jun 2003 12:16:00 +0100

Shqiponja Telhaj

> The problem
> with Stata impute command is that it only deals with continuous
> variables. 

I'd put it another way: -impute- uses regression 
for imputation, which is almost certain to be 
inappropriate for categorical variables. 

Perhaps there is a small issue of nomenclature 
here, in that the name -impute- and the 
summary "impute data for missing values" might 
create the impression of a general command
covering all missing value problems. -impute- 
is pretty general, but not that general.

Perhaps the manual entry [R] impute could 
be tweaked a little to make this clearer. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

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