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st: MICE-Imputation: dealing with "plausible missings" and multilevel data

From   "Gresch,Cornelia" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: MICE-Imputation: dealing with "plausible missings" and multilevel data
Date   Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:09:43 +0200

Hi all,

currently I'm occupied by implementing an imputation-model for a large
dataset using Multiple imputation by the MICE system of chained
equations (ado -ice-).

Here I have two questions: 

First I would like to know how to deal with missing values which should
neither be imputed themselves nor serve (with misleadingly imputed
values) as predictors for other variables. 

E.g.: We have some questions which only should be answered by
respondents with migration background on which we apply a filter for
further tracing (e.g. if they are motivated to go back to their original
country). In such a case it makes only sense to impute values for
respondents with migration background. This is less problematic since
the meaningless values can just be deleted after the imputation process.

However, while running MICE, the variable with the misleadingly imputed
values is also used to impute other variables. And this definitely
doesn't make sense. Is there anybody of you who also has dealt with this
problem and found a handy solution for it?

E.g. is there any way to use a conditional "passive option" to replace
all values = 99 in case the preceding filter variable has a specific
value? The only (not convincing) solution I would see was to exclude the
corresponding variables with "plausible missings" as predictors for all
other variables (which could be done by using the eqlist-option).

Furthermore, we have multilevel-data (individual-level and school-level)
- is there any smart way to integrate this upper level into the

Thanks in advance for any response/suggestion/support

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