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Missing Data - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Paul Allison
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-2:00pm ET (New York time): Live lecture via Zoom
4:00pm-5:00pm ET: Live lab session via Zoom (Thursday and Friday only)

If you’re using conventional methods for handling missing data, you may be missing out. Conventional methods for missing data, like listwise deletion or regression imputation, are prone to three serious problems:

  • Inefficient use of the available information, leading to low power and Type II errors.
  • Biased estimates of standard errors, leading to incorrect p-values.
  • Biased parameter estimates, due to failure to adjust for selectivity in missing data.

More accurate and reliable results can be obtained with maximum likelihood or multiple imputation.

Although these newer methods for handling missing data have been around for more than two decades, they have only become practical with the introduction of widely available and user friendly software.

Starting September 9, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, remote workshop for the first time. Each day will consist of a 4-hour live lecture held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

Each lecture session will conclude with a hands-on exercise reviewing the content covered, to be completed on your own. An additional lab session will be held Thursday and Friday afternoons, where you can review the exercise results with the instructor and ask any questions.

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously.

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

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"This course is a great introduction..."

“I have only recently become aware of the importance of missing data. This course is a great introduction to a topic I knew very little about. I feel like it has opened up a whole new frontier in how I handle data.”

Bob Reed

University of Canterbury

"... I could not get a clear understanding until I attended this course"

“Although I have struggled to understand how to handle missing data for several years, I could not get a clear understanding until I attended this course. The depth and breadth of the ways to deal with missing data taught by Professor Allison are beyond rival!”

Yunhwan Lee

Ajou University School of Medicine

"I now feel prepared to tackle the analysis I’ve been avoiding after this course..."

“I’ve been struggling with how to deal with missing data in an analysis and have been putting off that analysis because of this. I had some missing data techniques training in grad school, but it was super helpful to have an in-depth review of strategies for handling missing data in this short course. I now feel prepared to tackle the analysis I’ve been avoiding after this course, especially how to handle categorical variables and interactions. I highly recommend this course!”

Sylvia Badon

Kaiser Permanente

"I highly recommend this course..."

“My graduate program minimally covered missing data. When you get into real-world analysis, especially research and health care data, missing data is a problem. It is difficult to fully grasp the complexities of the underlying mechanisms to know the best approach when many data guides and manuals are very technical and few resources offer compare and contrast. I learned information and concepts I would have never known otherwise and certainly it would make any published findings problematic. I highly recommend this course to ensure high quality analysis when encountering missing data. You get enough foundation to take this back to your workplace in the amount of time offered for the workshop.”

Deejay Zwaga

University of Wisconsin