mdl1 = step(mdl)
mdl1 = step(mdl,Name,Value)
returns
an improved linear model based on mdl1
= step(mdl
)mdl
, with one
predictor added or removed.
Note:
You can use 
improves
a linear model with additional options specified by one or more mdl1
= step(mdl
,Name,Value
)Name,Value
pair
arguments.

Linear model. Typically you set 
Stepwise regression is a systematic method
for adding and removing terms from a linear or generalized linear
model based on their statistical significance in explaining the response
variable. The method begins with an initial model, specified using modelspec
,
and then compares the explanatory power of incrementally larger and
smaller models.
MATLAB^{®} uses forward and backward stepwise regression to
determine a final model. At each step, the method searches for terms
to add to or remove from the model based on the value of the 'Criterion'
argument.
The default value of 'Criterion'
is 'sse'
,
and in this case, stepwiselm
uses the pvalue
of an Fstatistic to test models with and without
a potential term at each step. If a term is not currently in the model,
the null hypothesis is that the term would have a zero coefficient
if added to the model. If there is sufficient evidence to reject the
null hypothesis, the term is added to the model. Conversely, if a
term is currently in the model, the null hypothesis is that the term
has a zero coefficient. If there is insufficient evidence to reject
the null hypothesis, the term is removed from the model.
Here is how stepwise proceeds when 'Criterion'
is 'sse'
:
Fit the initial model.
If any terms not in the model have pvalues less than an entrance tolerance (that is, if it is unlikely that they would have zero coefficient if added to the model), add the one with the smallest pvalue and repeat this step; otherwise, go to step 3.
If any terms in the model have pvalues greater than an exit tolerance (that is, the hypothesis of a zero coefficient can be rejected), remove the one with the largest pvalue and go to step 2; otherwise, end.
The default for stepwiseglm
is 'Deviance'
and
it follows a similar procedure for adding or removing terms.
There are several other criteria available, which you can specify
using the 'Criterion'
argument. You can use the
change in the value of the Akaike information criterion, Bayesian
information criterion, Rsquared, adjusted Rsquared as a criterion
to add or remove terms.
Depending on the terms included in the initial model and the order in which terms are moved in and out, the method might build different models from the same set of potential terms. The method terminates when no single step improves the model. There is no guarantee, however, that a different initial model or a different sequence of steps will not lead to a better fit. In this sense, stepwise models are locally optimal, but might not be globally optimal.
Use stepwiselm
to select
a model from a starting model, continuing until no single step is
beneficial.
Use addTerms
or removeTerms
to
add or remove particular terms.