[R] Is there a good package for multiple imputation of missing values in R?

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Mon Jun 30 14:42:05 CEST 2008

Robert A. LaBudde wrote:
> I'm looking for a package that has a start-of-the-art method of 
> imputation of missing values in a data frame with both continuous and 
> factor columns.
> I've found transcan() in 'Hmisc', which appears to be possibly suited to 
> my needs, but I haven't been able to figure out how to get a new data 
> frame with the imputed values replaced (I don't have Herrell's book).
> Any pointers would be appreciated.
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> Robert A. LaBudde, PhD, PAS, Dpl. ACAFS  e-mail: ral at lcfltd.com
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In Hmisc the aregImpute function works much better than transcan for 
multiple imputation.  The fit.mult.impute function will draw the imputed 
values to fit a regression model multiple times and average the 
regression coefficient estimates.  Type ?aregImpute to find out how to 
get an imputed dataset if not using fit.mult.impute.


Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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