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Replacing missing values from a numeric variable with -1

theWaytheWay Member Posts: 4 Contributor I
I don't understand the purpose behind that. What if I'm prepping the data to do a logistic regression? How is the -1 going to affect things?

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  • mschmitzmschmitz Administrator, Moderator, Employee, RapidMiner Certified Analyst, RapidMiner Certified Expert, University Professor Posts: 3,127  RM Data Scientist
    Hi,

    I am not sure for a logistic regression. But there are sometimes cases where you e.g. a algorithm did not work and did not give you any result. In this case people sometimes replace with "magic" values. e.g. -1 or -42. Thats one of the common things to do.
    Be careful using it. For some algorithms this -1 makes things wired. E.g. k-NN.

    ~Martin
    - Head of Data Science Services at RapidMiner -
    Dortmund, Germany
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