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st: RE: stepwise regression
I doubt very much that there is one true stepwise path.
Even those who like stepwise approaches
emphasise that the results of forwards and backwards
may -- usually will -- differ substantially.
As is often mentioned on this list, stepwise methods
have so many disadvantages that on reflection you
might abandon them altogether. There is a FAQ on
this point at
Since that FAQ was written, Frank Harrell has written
up his critique in a book "Regression modeling strategies".
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> Hi all,
> I have performed the sw (stepwise) regress in Stata, my
> results with backward
> or forward estimation is very different, but I know that
> shouldn't be so.
> My question is: is the Stata sw procedure the real stepwise
> It seems to me that the selection is based only on the
> significance and
> not on the marginal explainatory power of every single variable.
> Many many thanks.
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