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Missing Data in R

Missing data are ubiquitous in nearly every data analytic enterprise. Simple ad-hoc techniques for dealing with missing values such as deleting incomplete cases or replacing missing values with the item mean can cause a host of (hidden) problems. In this workshop, we will discuss principled methods for treating missing data and how to apply these methods in R. We will cover some basic missing data theory, methods for exploring/quantifying the extent of the missing data problem and two principled methods for correcting the missing data: multiple imputation and full information maximum likelihood. Participants will practice what they learn via practical exercises.