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# st: svy, stepwise, and xi, with a by(variable) tacked on for good measure

 From "Costello, Michael (Contractor)" To Subject st: svy, stepwise, and xi, with a by(variable) tacked on for good measure Date Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:31:39 -0400

```Statalist,

I have a data set that looks like this:
yvar
xvar1
xvar2
xvar3
xvar4 where xvar4 is categorical with 6 levels

The data is weighted with the svy command.  I would like to do a backwards selection.

What works:
xi i.var4
stepwise, pr(.05): regress yvar xvar1 xvar2 xvar3 _Ixvar4_2 _Ixvar4_3 _Ixvar4_4 _Ixvar4_5 _Ixvar4_6 [pw=wt_final]

but when I use
xi i.var4
by (year), stepwise, pr(.05): regress yvar xvar1 xvar2 xvar3 _Ixvar4_2 _Ixvar4_3 _Ixvar4_4 _Ixvar4_5 _Ixvar4_6 [pw=wt_final]

stata flips out, even though http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?stepwise says it should work (second line under the syntax, options box).

And is this even doing the weights?  I'm used to using the svy functions.
Lastly, is there a more succinct way of doing categorical variables?  I have several, and this process for including them is annoying.  I cannot get the xi: function to work either.  Wait, is there a limit on the number of parameters BEFORE the colon?

Thanks so much for any guidance you can give.

--
Michael Costello
Intern, Education Policy and Systems
RTI International

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