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Re: st: multiple_imputation


From   Victor Mauricio Herrera <vherrera@wisc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: multiple_imputation
Date   Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:17:19 -0500

Maarten, thanks again for your advise.
Victor.


----- Original Message -----
From: Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009 1:02 pm
Subject: Re: st: multiple_imputation
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu


>  --- On Sun, 12/7/09, Victor Mauricio Herrera wrote:
>  > this paper shows that a hierarchical approach
>  > is the one I should take in order to correctly deal with
>  > missing values in multiple surveys.
>  
>  I wouldn't take that so literally, hierarchical models 
>  are a pet-model of Andrew Gelman. This is a sensible
>  way of thinking about this issue, but not the only way.
>  It is a good thing to have pet-models, these are tools
>  of our statistical toolkit that you are very familiar 
>  with, so it makes sense to use them whenever slightly
>  possible. The total number of tools available is just
>  too large to be familiar with all them. However, it 
>  does not mean that somebody's pet model should also be 
>  the pet-model of somebody else.
>  
>  I would try to stick with models you can estimate with
>  -ice-, as Gelman and collegues haven't implemented 
>  their model in software. In the end, it is no use to
>  think about models you can't estimate. (I actually
>  considered writing a program that implemented this
>  or a related model and contacted some of the authors 
>  about it, but I soon abandoned this project, as it would
>  be so complicated that finishing it would just cost too
>  much time against too little payoff.)
>  
>  -- Maarten
>  
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>  Maarten L. Buis
>  Institut fuer Soziologie
>  Universitaet Tuebingen
>  Wilhelmstrasse 36
>  72074 Tuebingen
>  Germany
>  
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