[R] Stepwise logistic regression....take too long...

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Apr 21 08:01:14 CEST 2008

On Sun, 20 Apr 2008, Marko Milicic wrote:

> Dear R helpers,
> I'm trying to build logistic regression model large dataset 360 factors and
> 850 observations. All 360 factors are known to be good predictors of outcome
> variable but I have to find best model with maximum 10 factors. I tried to
> fit full model and use stepAIC function to get best model but unfortenatly,
> the process takes too long to complete (more than 4 hours)...
> Is it expected behaviour of stepAIC function from MASS package or I'm doing
> something wrong.

Both.  Work out how hany fits you need to do backwards elimination. (It is 
tens of thousands.)

'I have to find best model with maximum 10 factors' looks like a homework 
problem to me.  Where does the round number 10 come from?

Also, unless almost all the 'factors' have only two levels this looks like 
over-fitting for a single model, let alone after model dredging.

> Any suggestions?
> Thanks
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