Regression imputation of missing values in longitudinal data sets. Academic Article uri icon


  • A stand-alone, menu-driven PC program, written in GAUSS, which can be used to estimate missing observations in longitudinal data sets is described and male available to interested readers. The program is limited to the situation in which we have complete data on N cases at each of the planned times of measurement t1, t2,..., tT; and we wish to use this information, together with the non-missing values for n additional cases, to estimate the missing values for those cases. The augmented data matrix may be saved in an ASCII file and subsequently imported into programs requiring complete data. The use of the program is illustrated. Ten percent of the observations in a data set consisting of mandibular ramus height measurements for N = 12 young male rhesus monkeys measured at T = 5 time points are randomly discarded. The augmented data matrix is used to determine the lowest degree polynomial adequate to fit the average growth curve (AGC); the regression coefficients are estimated and confidence intervals for them are determined; and confidence bands for the AGC are constructed. The results are compared with those obtained when the original complete data set is used.

published proceedings

  • Int J Biomed Comput

author list (cited authors)

  • Schneiderman, E. D., Kowalski, C. J., & Willis, S. M.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Schneiderman, ED||Kowalski, CJ||Willis, SM

publication date

  • January 1993