Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 17:58:40 -0300
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From: "Hector E. Maletta" <hmaletta@OVERNET.COM.AR>
Subject: Re: Empty Data Cells
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SPSS has a MISSING VALUES module that addresses your problem. It can
analyze your missing values to ascertain whether there is a pattern, and
it can also replace them with values predicted from a set of predictor
values, not only similar questions but also variables such as sex, age,
education and the like.
You may also want to read the book by Roderick Little and Donald Rubun
Statistical Analysis with Missing Data (J. Wiley & Sons, 1987).
Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Michael A. Schoenfield wrote:
> I am working on a database of quantitative data obtained from a survey of
> members of the American electorate on trust of government and I have a number
> of cells with missing values. I am tempted to use the mean (average) of
> answers to similar questions as a replacement for missing values. I am using
> SPSS 7.0.
> I am hoping that there are alternative measures for estimating missing values.
> Any suggestions.
> Mike S.