DEFINITION of 'Imputed Value'
The value of an item for which actual values are not available. Imputed values are a logical or implicit value for an item, or time set, wherein a "true" value has yet to be ascertained. It would be a best guess estimate, in order to accurately estimate a larger set of values or series of data points.
Also known as "estimated imputation."
INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Imputed Value'
Imputed values can be used in a variety of situations, such as estimating opportunity cost of uninvested money, or estimating wages for obscure positions. Additionally, data points in time series data may require estimations, in order to complete a full range of figures. So long as the imputed values are fair estimates, there are typically no issues with their use.
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