Stef van Buuren

Stef van Buuren

Professor of Statistical Analysis of Incomplete Data

Principal Scientist


Stef van Buuren is Professor of Statistical Analysis of Incomplete Data at the University of Utrecht and Principal Scientist at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO in Leiden. His interests include the analysis of incomplete data, child growth and development, computational statistics, measurement and individual causal effects.

Van Buuren is the inventor of the MICE algorithm for multiple imputation of missing data. He created the growth charts used in the Dutch child health care system, and designed the D-score, a new system for expressing child development on a quantitative scale. He consults for the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


  • Missing data
  • Child growth and development
  • Statistics
  • R programming


  • PhD in Social Sciences, 1990

    Utrecht University

  • MSc in Research Methodology, 1986

    University of Leiden

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