# Re: st: multiply imputed values for outcome

 From Maarten buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: multiply imputed values for outcome Date Tue, 11 Jul 2006 08:33:33 +0100 (BST)

```--- "Leslie R Hinkson asked:
> I have a data set that has multiply imputed values (5) for the
> outcome variable. I have previously used HLM software to conduct my
> analysis but I was told that with the new GLM features in Stata 9
> that it should be possible to do the same in Stata. Unfortunately, I
> haven't found that way yet. Any thoughts?

> If you used HLM, you may want -xtmixed- or -gllamm- (-ssc install
> gllamm-) but I don't know about the "five plausible values".

The trick with multiple imputation is that you multiple plausible
values for each missing value, thus creating multiple "complete"
datasets. Next you estimate your model just as if you had a real
complete dataset on each "complete" dataset. In your case you would
than have five sets of estimates. The final point estimates are the
means over these five sets of estimates and the final standard error is
made with two components: the mean variance (squared standard error) of
each estimate and the variance between sets. The formulas can be found
on: http://www.stat.psu.edu/~jls/mifaq.html#howto . J. B. Carlin, N.
Li, P. Greenwood, & C. Coffey have writen tools for analyzing multiple
imputed datasets, that implement these formulas  (-findit mifit-), but
I don't think they include -xtmixed- or -gllamm-. However, these
formulas are pretty simple and can be implemented by hand if needs be.

--- "Leslie R Hinkson also asked:
> Also, is it possible to conduct standard linear regression analysis
> with multiple plausible values for the dependent variable using
> Stata 9?

-mifit- can handle standard linear regression analysis.

HTH,
Maarten

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