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Re: st: svy test

From   "Clive Nicholas" <>
Subject   Re: st: svy test
Date   Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:34:45 +0100

Richard Williams replied to Maarten Buis:

> I think stepwise can be useful as a diagnostic device, e.g. does mindless
> empiricism produce more or less the same model that your great theory does?
>  If not, you might want to consider whether there is some other great theory
> you have overlooked.  Also, I think there are situations where stepwise,
> while Satanic, is less Satanic than some of the alternatives.  The present
> example doesn't seem to fall into either of these categories.

"Satanic Regression Models": that sounds like just the sort of niche
statistics book Springer-Verlag would publish.

Clive Nicholas

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