Re: [R] mle.stepwise versus step/stepAIC

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 18:12:32 EST

You could ask the author of the contributed package 'wle', which is not part of the `R-software'.

The documentation is minimal, but the references are all to classical stepwise methods such as those in package leaps, that is they select columns in the model matrix and _not_ terms.

On Wed, 7 Dec 2005, Jim Brindle wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a question pertaining to the stepwise regression which I am trying to
> perform. I have a data set in which I have 14 predictor variables
> accompanying my response variable. I am not sure what the difference is
> between the function "mle.stepwise" found in the wle package and the
> functions "step" or "stepAIC"? When would one use "mle.stepwise" versus
> "step/stepAIC"? Other than the references in the R-software, is there
> anything which discusses the use of "mle.stepwise"?
> Thank you kindly in advance for any insight offered.
> Jim Brindle

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