Book Chapter

Multiple imputation: A perspective and historical overview

JB Carlin

Handbook of Missing Data Methodology | Published : 2014


This chapter provides an introduction to the method of multiple imputation, encompassing an overview of its historical origins, theoretical foundations and application in practice. In presenting such a broad overview there are inevitable gaps and a lack of depth on many topics, but subsequent chapters provide more detail in many areas. The first section provides a simple description of the method, accompanied by a detailed illustrative example, and a brief historical account of its origins in large-scale sample survey methodology. The following section then gives an explanation of the formal basis of the method in Bayesian statistical inference, as developed by Rubin in the 1970s, and a revi..

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