A systematic approach to automatic edit and imputation

  • Fellegi I
  • Holt D
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Abstract

This article is concerned with the automatic editing and imputation of survey data using the following criteria. 1. The data in each record should be made to satisfy all edits by changing the fewest possible items of data (fields); 2. As far as possible the frequency structure of the data file should be maintained; 3. Imputation rules should be derived from the corresponding edit rules without explicit specification. A set of procedures is developed for identifying the fewest number of fields which may be changed to make the resulting data satisfy all edits. Several methods are proposed for determining the specific values to be imputed into each field.

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  • I. P. Fellegi

  • D. Holt

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