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Table 3 Point estimate (and standard error) for the effect of early depressive symptoms on subsequent standardized NAPLAN numeracy scores, and point estimates for the variance components at levels 3, 2 and 1, from available case analysis (ACA) and 8 MI approaches applied to the CATS data analysis

From: Evaluation of approaches for multiple imputation of three-level data

Method Regression coefficient estimate (SE) Level 3 variance component Level 2 variance component Level 1 variance component
ACA −0.022 (0.007) 0.042 0.239 0.232
JM-1L-DI-wide −0.019 (0.007) 0.043 0.243 0.231
FCS-1L-DI-wide −0.019 (0.008) 0.043 0.246 0.230
JM-2L-wide −0.020 (0.007) 0.041 0.246 0.228
FCS-2L-wide −0.022 (0.007) 0.042 0.245 0.229
JM-2L-DI −0.020 (0.008) 0.042 0.237 0.228
FCS-2L-DI
FCS-3L in ml.lmer −0.021 (0.007) 0.033 0.238 0.232
FCS-3L in Blimp −0.021 (0.007) 0.040 0.238 0.228
  1. ACA available case analysis, DI dummy indicators, FCS fully conditional specification, JM joint modelling, NAPLAN National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy, RE random effects, SE standard error