You may have never heard of listwise deletion for missing data, but you’ve probably used it.
Listwise deletion means that any individual in a data set is deleted from an analysis if they’re missing data on any variable in the analysis.
It’s the default in most software packages.
Although the simplicity of it is a major advantage, it causes big problems in many missing data situations.
But not always. If you happen to have one of the uncommon missing data situations in which [Read more…] about When Listwise Deletion works for Missing Data