[R] lm model with many categorical variables

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 16:49:02 CEST 2016

You need statistical help, which is generally off topic here. I
suggest you post to a statistcal site like stats.stackexchange.com
instead. Better yet, find a local statistical expert with whom you can

Bert Gunter

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On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 1:34 AM, Michael Haenlein
<haenlein at escpeurope.eu> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am trying to estimate a lm model with one continuous dependent variable
> and 11 independent variables that are all categorical, some of which have
> many categories (several dozens in some cases).
> I am not interested in statistical inference to a larger population. The
> objective of my model is to find a way to best predict my continuous
> variable within the sample.
> When I run the lm model I evidently get many regression coefficients that
> are not significant. Is there some way to automatically combine levels of a
> categorical variable together if the regression coefficients for the
> individual levels are not significant?
> My idea is to find some form of grouping of the different categories that
> allows me to work with less levels while keeping or even improving the
> quality of predictions.
> Thanks,
> Michael
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