Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Imputation of Missing Network Data

  • Mark HuismanEmail author
  • Robert W. Krause
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_394



Actor Non-response (Unit Non-response)

Missing all outgoing ties of an actor


Substituting missing data by plausible values


Missing at random


Missing completely at random


Missing not at random

Multiple Imputation

Repeated stochastic imputation of a dataset to generate multiple completed datasets. These completed datasets are analyzed separately, after which the results of the analysis are pooled to generate proper estimates of parameters and standard errors

Tie Non-response (Item Non-response)

Missing some ties of an actor


When confronted with missing data, researchers often want to handle the missing observations by substituting plausible values for the missing scores. This practice of filling in missing items is called imputation (e.g., Schafer and Graham 2002). Imputation has several advantages: it is more...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology/ICSUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • V. S. Subrahmanian
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Chan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)MelbourneAustralia