Avoid Filling Swiss Cheese with Whipped Cream: Imputation Techniques and Evaluation Procedures for Cross-Country Time Series

 
Author/Editor: Denk, Michaela ; Weber, Michael
 
Publication Date: June 01, 2011
 
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Summary: International organizations collect data from national authorities to create multivariate cross-sectional time series for their analyses. As data from countries with not yet well-established statistical systems may be incomplete, the bridging of data gaps is a crucial challenge. This paper investigates data structures and missing data patterns in the cross-sectional time series framework, reviews missing value imputation techniques used for micro data in official statistics, and discusses their applicability to cross-sectional time series. It presents statistical methods and quality indicators that enable the (comparative) evaluation of imputation processes and completed datasets.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 11/151
Subject(s): Data collection | Time series | Statistics

Author's Keyword(s): Missing or incomplete data | imputation quality | statistical matching
 
English
Publication Date: June 01, 2011
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2011151 Pages: 27
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