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# Hypothesis test

I have two population means and i am facing a problem.
1. I have alot of missing values.what amount of missing values can we work with. Is there a limit of missing values that i should nt exceed?

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Here are some crumbs to think about, so you may answer the question yourself:
1. Do the missing values appear at random or is there a pattern
2. Is the missing-value-pattern (if exists) the same for both populations
3. Less data means a harder time to reach a certain level of significance. So ... what do you think the limit is ?

- steffen

PS: As a helpful suggestion, not meant as offense: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
It would be better if you could say more about your problem. What is the population? How you got your data? What is expected to be done with the data? If in a problem, you have missing values and you choose to work with available data; then it is one problem. On the other hand if you choose to estimate them before proceeding with your analysis it will be a different problem. The situation has to be seen before providing a solution.
There is no hard and fast rule. Depends upon the distribution of the data, variance and number of observations. You also did not state whether the missing data is in the dependent or independent variables. You can try to impute missing values, but these are generally CPU intensive.

-Ralph Winters