Missing the Point: Non-Convergence in Iterative Imputation AlgorithmsDownload PDF

Jun 09, 2020 (edited Jul 14, 2020)ICML 2020 Workshop Artemiss SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Iterative imputation, MICE, non-convergence
  • TL;DR: Iterative imputation relies on algorithmic convergence, this paper investigates how much the inference is affected by non-convergence.
  • Abstract: Iterative imputation is a popular tool to accommodate missing data. While it is widely accepted that valid inferences can be obtained with this technique, these inferences all rely on algorithmic convergence. There is no consensus on how to evaluate the convergence properties of the method. Our study provides insight into identifying non-convergence in iterative imputation algorithms. We found that---in the cases considered---inferential validity was achieved after five to ten iterations, much earlier than indicated by diagnostic methods. We conclude that it never hurts to iterate longer, but such calculations hardly bring added value.
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