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    • BAGEL:A non-ignorable missing value estimation method for mixed attribute datasets


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      Surveys are mainly conducted to obtain valuable information on some criteria from a specified population. But, the survey results often become biased due to non-response of the subjects under study for highly significant attributes. Such non-ignorable missingness need to be treated and the actual values should beretrieved. Many methods have already been proposed for handling missing values in either discrete or continuous attributes. But, there exists a large gap in handling non-ignorable missing values in datasets with mixed attributes. With the intent of addressing this gap, this paper proposes a methodology called as Bayesian Genetic Algorithm (BAGEL) with hybridized Bayesian and Genetic Algorithm principles. In BAGEL, the initial population is generated using Bayesian model and fitness values of the chromosomes are evaluated using Bayesian principles. BAGEL is implemented in real datasets for imputing both discrete and continuous missing values and the imputation accuracy is observed. The experimental results show the superior performance of BAGEL than other standard imputation techniques. Statistical tests conducted to validate the experimental results also prove that BAGEL outperforms at all missing rates from 5% to 50%

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