The Fundamentals of Dealing With Missing Data

May 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
$25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members / $85 for nonmembers

Isaac J. Washburn

Missing data can lead to biased results if not properly considered. This is particularly important given that most standard analyses — e.g., analysis of variance (ANOVA) and regression — assume that missing data is not an issue. Researchers may find significant results that are not true or miss associations in the population. More problematic is that until researchers use modern missing data techniques consistently, we do not have a way to know how the bias will impact results.

During the first part of this webinar, presenter Isaac Washburn, Ph.D., will focus on the dangers that come from ignoring missing data issues. He’ll introduce the concepts of missing completely at random (MCAR), missing at random (MAR), and missing not at random (MNAR) and he’ll discuss how past methods of dealing with missing data (e.g., listwise deletion and mean substitution) are inadequate for dealing with the bias created by most forms of missing data.

The second part of the webinar will focus on the two modern methods of missing data: multiple imputation and maximum likelihood. Dr. Washburn will first focus on multiple imputation, as the principles of missingness are more clearly articulated and utilized with multiple imputation. Finally, Dr. Washburn will walk through several examples using Mplus, Stata, and SPSS, showing how multiple imputation works and highlighting maximum likelihood techniques.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

Webinar Objectives

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the dangers of ignoring missing data
  • Understand the principles of using multiple imputation
  • Understand the principles of using maximum likelihood

Intended Audience

  • Family Scientists looking to increase their ability to deal with missing data
  • Students or professionals learning about statistics
  • Professors looking for a classroom resource for teaching statistics

It will be assumed during the webinar that the audience has no previous knowledge of the topic.

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What Attendees Said About This Webinar:

"Great introduction to dealing with missing data. Speaker was very knowledgeable."

"Good, clear presentation. Good slides. Important topic."

"Great information, very helpful!"

About the Presenter 

Isaac Washburn, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and research methodologist at the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. He has taught advanced research methods (e.g., measurement construction and study design) and statistics (e.g., Multilevel Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling) to doctoral students for the past nine years. He is also co-director of the Research Design and Analysis Core of the NIH-funded Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity, a research-focused center headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Washburn received his Ph.D. at Oregon State University in human development and Family Science with an emphasis on advanced statistical modeling, and his B.S. in economics from Brigham Young University.


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