# What is mean imputation method?

## What is mean imputation method?

Mean imputation (MI) is one such method in which the mean of the observed values for each variable is computed and the missing values for that variable are imputed by this mean. This method can lead into severely biased estimates even if data are MCAR (see, e.g., Jamshidian and Bentler, 1999).

**What does imputation mean in statistics?**

Imputation is a procedure for entering a value for a specific data item where the response is missing or unusable. Context: Imputation is the process used to determine and assign replacement values for missing, invalid or inconsistent data that have failed edits.

### Should you impute with mean or median?

Impute / Replace Missing Values with Median When the data is skewed, it is good to consider using the median value for replacing the missing values. Note that imputing missing data with median value can only be done with numerical data.

**Is mean imputation an acceptable practice?**

Mean imputation is typically considered terrible practice since it ignores feature correlation.

#### What is median imputation?

Mean/median imputation consists of replacing all occurrences of missing values (NA) within a variable by the mean or median.

**When should you use mean imputation?**

Mean as a imputation method is a good choice for series which randomly fluctuate around a certain value/level. For the series shown, mean doesn look appropriate. Since it is also just one variable you cannot use classical multivariate algorithms as provided by mice, Amelia, VIM.

## Does mean imputation increase correlation?

Mean imputation distorts relationships between variables But mean imputation also distorts multivariate relationships and affects statistics such as correlation.

**What is the mean vs median?**

The mean (average) of a data set is found by adding all numbers in the data set and then dividing by the number of values in the set. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.

### When should I impute data?

The imputation method develops reasonable guesses for missing data. It’s most useful when the percentage of missing data is low. If the portion of missing data is too high, the results lack natural variation that could result in an effective model. The other option is to remove data.