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A method for determining which terms to retain in a model. Forward selection adds variables to the model using the same method as the stepwise procedure. Once added, a variable is never removed. The default forward selection procedure ends when none of the candidate variables have a p-value smaller than the value specified in Alpha to enter.

A method for determining which variables to retain in a model. Backward elimination starts with the model that contains all the terms and then removes terms, one at a time, using the same method as the stepwise procedure. No variable can re-enter the model. The default backward elimination procedure ends when none of the variables included in the model have a p-value greater than the value specified in Alpha to remove. Backward elimination does not proceed if the initial model uses all of the degrees of freedom.

Performs variable selection by adding or deleting predictors from the existing model based on the F-test. Stepwise is a combination of forward selection and backward elimination procedures. Stepwise selection does not proceed if the initial model uses all of the degrees of freedom.

Minitab calculates an F-statistic and p-value for each variable in the model. If the model contains *j* variables, then *F* for any variable, *x _{r} *, is this formula:

Term | Description |
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SSE_{(j – Xr )} | SS Error for the model that does not contain x _{r} |

SSE _{j} | SS Error for the model that contains x _{r} |

MSE _{j} | MS Error for the model that contains x _{r} |

If the p-value for any variable is greater than the value specified in Alpha to remove, then Minitab removes the variable with the largest p-value from the model, calculates the regression equation, displays the results, and initiates the next step.

If Minitab cannot remove a variable, the procedure attempts to add a variable. Minitab calculates an F-statistic and p-value for each variable that is not in the model. If the model contains *j* variables, then *F* for any variable, *x _{a}*, is this formula:

Term | Description |
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SSE _{j} | SS Error before x is added to the model_{a} |

SSE_{(j }+_{ Xa )} | SS Error after x is added to the model_{a} |

Degrees of freedom for variable X_{a} | |

MSE_{(j }+_{ Xa )} | MS Error after x is added to the model_{a} |

If the p-value corresponding to the F-statistic for any variable is smaller than the value specified in Alpha to enter, Minitab adds the variable with the smallest p-value to the model, calculates the regression equation, displays the results, then goes to a new step. When no more variables can be entered into or removed from the model, the stepwise procedure ends.