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  1. Hello everyone! This is my first time posting in GradCafe, so I figured this would be a great way to share my thoughts. I am a PhD student studying cancer epidemiology. I have been in my program for 3 years now, so I will be entering my 4th year next week. I came in with no masters degree, and straight out of undergraduate studies. Although I feel like I've learned a lot thus far, I sometimes worry that I am never going to graduate or get a steady job after I am done. First, I have made the decision that I do not want to go into academia whatsoever. I would like to go either i
  2. Hi psycstudent2018, Yes, you can use categorical variables in stepwise regression! I recently just did this for an analysis for one of my dissertation aims and specifically performed a forward stepwise selection approach to do so. Also, I would suggest playing around with the p-value you set for entry into the stepwise selection. For me, I didn't have any variables added into my model until I set the p-value of 0.20 for entry. I wouldn't go any higher than that!
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