Returns a list of the selected variables after performing the stepwise regression.

## Syntax

**PCR_STEPWISE**(

**X**,

**Mask**,

**Y**,

**Intercept**,

**Method**,

**Alpha**)

- X
- is the independent variables data matrix, so each column represents one variable.
- Mask
- is the boolean array to choose the explanatory variables in the model. If missing, all variables in X are included.
- Y
- is the response or the dependent variable data array (a one-dimensional array of cells (e.g., rows or columns)).
- Intercept
- is the constant or the intercept value to fix (e.g., zero). If missing, an intercept will not be fixed and is usually computed.
- Method
- is a switch to select the variables inclusion/exclusion approach (1 = forward selection (default), 2 = backward elimination, 3 = bi-directional elimination)
Method Description 1 Forward selection 2 Backward elimination 3 Bi-direction elimination - Alpha
- is the statistical significance of the inclusion/exclusion test (i.e., alpha). If missing or omitted, an alpha value of 5% is assumed.

## Remarks

- The underlying model is described here.
- Stepwise regression includes regression models in which an automatic procedure carries out the choice of predictive variables. The process takes the form of a sequence of f-tests in selecting or eliminating explanatory variables.
- The three main approaches are:
**Forward Selection**involves starting with no variables in the model, testing the addition of each variable using a chosen model comparison criterion, adding the variable (if any) that improves the model the most, and repeating this process until no further improvement is possible.**Backward Elimination**involves starting with all candidate variables, testing the deletion of each variable using a chosen model comparison criterion, deleting the variable (if any) that improves the model the most by being deleted, and repeating this process until no further improvement is possible.**Bi-directional Elimination**, a combination of the above tests, involves testing for variables to be included or excluded.

- The initial values in the mask array define the variables set that MLR_STEPWISE works with. In other words, variables that are not selected will not be considered during the regression.
- The sample data may include data-points with missing values.
- Each column in the input matrix corresponds to a separate variable.
- Each row in the input matrix corresponds to an observation.
- Observations (i.e., rows) with missing values in X or Y are removed.
- The number of rows of the response variable (Y) must equal the number of rows of the explanatory variable (X).
- The PCR_STEPWISE function is available starting with version 1.60 APACHE.

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## References

- Hamilton, J .D.; Time Series Analysis, Princeton University Press (1994), ISBN 0-691-04289-6
- Kenney, J. F. and Keeping, E. S. (1962) "Linear Regression and Correlation." Ch. 15 in Mathematics of Statistics, Pt. 1, 3rd ed. Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand, pp. 252-285

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