[R] Creating NA equivalent

Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP) wo||g@ng@v|echtb@uer @end|ng |rom m@@@tr|chtun|ver@|ty@n|
Tue Dec 21 12:31:55 CET 2021

Hi Chris,

The survival package provides machinery for handling censored observations. Whether time is censored or some other type of variable (e.g., viral load due to some lower detection limit) does not make a fundamental difference. In fact, the type of model you are thinking of with 2) is a Tobit model, which can be fitted using the survival package (or censReg).


>-----Original Message-----
>From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces using r-project.org] On Behalf Of Chris Evans
>Sent: Tuesday, 21 December, 2021 12:17
>To: Duncan Murdoch
>Cc: r-help using r-project.org
>Subject: Re: [R] Creating NA equivalent
> I am neither a programmer nor a professional statistician but this topic interests me because:
> 1) I remember from long, long ago that S had a way to create labels that could
>    denote multiple ways in which a value could be missing that was sometimes
>    useful to me as my field sometimes has such situations.  In R I handle this
>    with a second variable but I can see that using attributes is cleaner and
>    might have real benefits when doing missing value analyses.  That might
>    raise questions about whether some of the nice packages that help with
>    missing value analyses would take on board some standardised use of
>    attributes for this.
> 2) I think Marc's question LDL/UDL is about a very particular sort of value
>    that isn't missing and _is_ censored but not in survival analysis meaning
>    of censored. (At least, it's not the same to my mind, perhaps it is?  To me
>    the difference is that I most often hit the LDL/UDL issue in data that
>    don't have much, or any, time frame.) Again, this comes up a lot for me
>    where people are given limited possible answers in questionnaires and I've
>    often wondered if I should explore simulating probability models for an the
>    "off the edge" value on a latent variable beneath/behind the measured
>    responses.  I'd be very grateful to hear of any work in R packages (to stay
>    only just "off the edge" of the posting    guide).  Or of any work a long
>    the lines that Duncan offers, that sort of pulls this toward    base R,
>    though that sounds to me as if it would be a huge undertaking.
> I'm very interested to hear any thoughts on either aspect.
> Seasonal (mutivalued) greetings to all!
> Chris

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