Sensitivity analysis of mixed models for incomplete longitudinal data

Shu Xu, Shelley A. Blozis

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Mixed models are used for the analysis of data measured over time to study population-level change and individual differences in change characteristics. Linear and nonlinear functions may be used to describe a longitudinal response, individuals need not be observed at the same time points, and missing data, assumed to be missing at random (MAR), may be handled. While the mechanism giving rise to the missing data cannot be determined by the observations, the sensitivity of parameter estimates to missing data assumptions can be studied, for example, by fitting multiple models that make different assumptions about the missing data process. Sensitivity analysis of a mixed model that may include nonlinear parameters when some data are missing is discussed. An example is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-256
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • data analysis
  • hierarchical modeling
  • longitudinal studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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