Selection of important variables and determination of functional form for continuous predictors in multivariable model building.

@article{Sauerbrei2007SelectionOI,
  title={Selection of important variables and determination of functional form for continuous predictors in multivariable model building.},
  author={Willi Sauerbrei and Patrick Royston and Harald Binder},
  journal={Statistics in medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={26 30},
  pages={
          5512-28
        }
}
In developing regression models, data analysts are often faced with many predictor variables that may influence an outcome variable. After more than half a century of research, the 'best' way of selecting a multivariable model is still unresolved. It is generally agreed that subject matter knowledge, when available, should guide model building. However, such knowledge is often limited, and data-dependent model building is required. We limit the scope of the modelling exercise to selecting… CONTINUE READING
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