In addition to Model based Imputation Methods (see
VIM package also presents donor based imputation methods, namely Hot-Deck Imputation, k-Nearest Neighbour Imputation and fast matching/imputation based on categorical variable.
This vignette showcases the functions
kNN(), which can both be used to generate imputations for several variables in a dataset. Moreover, the function
matchImpute() is presented, which is in contrast a imputation method based on categorical variables.
The following example demonstrates the functionality of
kNN() using a subset of
sleep. The columns have been selected deliberately to include some interactions between the missing values.
The plot indicates several missing values in
The call of the functions is straightforward. We will start by just imputing
NonD based on the other variables. Besides imputing missing variables for a single variable, these functions also support imputation of multiple variables. For
matchImpute() suitable donors are searched based on matching of the categorical variables.
imp_hotdeck <- hotdeck(dataset, variable = "NonD") # hotdeck imputation imp_knn <- kNN(dataset, variable = "NonD") # kNN imputation imp_match <- matchImpute(dataset, variable = "NonD", match_var = c("BodyWgt","Span")) # match imputation aggr(imp_knn, delimiter = "_imp") aggr(imp_match, delimiter = "_imp")
We can see that
kNN() imputed all missing values for
NonD in our dataset. The same is true for the values imputed via
hotdeck(). The specified variables in
matchImpute() serve as a donor and enable imputation for
As we can see in the next two plots, the origninal data structure of
Span is preserved by
kNN() reveals the typically procedure of methods, which are based on similar data points weighted by the distance.
matchImpute() works by sampling values from the suitable donors and also provides reasonable results.
In order to validate the performance of
kNN() and to highlight the ability to impute different datatypes the
iris dataset is used. Firstly, some values are randomly set to
data(iris) df <- iris colnames(df) <- c("S.Length","S.Width","P.Length","P.Width","Species") # randomly produce some missing values in the data set.seed(1) nbr_missing <- 50 y <- data.frame(row = sample(nrow(iris), size = nbr_missing, replace = TRUE), col = sample(ncol(iris), size = nbr_missing, replace = TRUE)) y<-y[!duplicated(y), ] df[as.matrix(y)] <- NA aggr(df)
We can see that there are missings in all variables and some observations reveal missing values on several points.
The plot indicates that all missing values have been imputed by
kNN(). The following table displays the rounded first five results of the imputation for all variables.