I want to perform a PCA on a dataset with missing values in R. the data set includes various variables (coralite area,diameter,distance between mouths ecc.)for different coral samples(250 samples and 11 variables).
I have some missing values in my data set but I would not want do imput values as some samples simply don't display some variables. it is not because those variables could not be measured, it is because some coral samples simply don't have those features (i.e. some coral samples don't show a coralite so the coralite area could not be measured). I would also not want to delete these observations because whilst these samples miss some observations they have others that would be relevant in the PCA analysis.
I could perform various PCA's including and exluding some variables so to have a complete dataset but I am afraid such action would lower the strength of my results.
Thank you in advance