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# Re: st: R: imputation of missing dates

 From maarten buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: R: imputation of missing dates Date Fri, 6 May 2011 15:14:48 +0200

```The fact that the probability of participating depends on education
and age is not a problem as long as you include it in your imputation
model. This is what (the rather confusing) term Missing At Random
means, missingness is random _after_ controlling for observed
variables. However, it sounds to me like you want something that is
logically impossible: to find a date at which an exam took place when
no exam took place. Remember that the whole machinery of imputation is
based on the idea that the value exists but was not observed, in your
case the value did not exist in the first place.

You might try matching. That will try to find for each examer a
non-examer that is as similar as possible on a set of observed
explanatory variables. The real problem is that people who choose not
to participate tend to do that for a reason, e.g. they did not choose
such reasons are also strong predictors of the dependent variable
(which is often the case) and they are not measured (which is also

Hope this is not too depressing,
Maarten

On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM, Yulia Blomstedt <sungurik@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you Carlo.
> I've been going through the literature but have not yet been able to
> come up with  mi syntax that would work for me.
>
> 1) The examination was voluntary. 60% of the invited individuals have
> participated. Others have not due to various reasons
> 2) Our earlier study showed that non-participants differ in their
> education level (higher) and age (younger) from the participants, but
> not in other characteristics.
> This of course raises a concern of whether mi is applicable at all,
> since its assumption is that the missing data are missing at random.
>
> If mi is not applicable, what other method could I use to create the
> EXAMDATE for non-participants?
>
> /Yulia
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