Sawa's bayesian information criterion for model selection.

ols_sbic(model, full_model)



An object of class lm.


An object of class lm.


Sawa's Bayesian Information Criterion


Sawa (1978) developed a model selection criterion that was derived from a Bayesian modification of the AIC criterion. Sawa's Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) is a function of the number of observations n, the SSE, the pure error variance fitting the full model, and the number of independent variables including the intercept.

$$SBIC = n * ln(SSE / n) + 2(p + 2)q - 2(q^2)$$

where \(q = n(\sigma^2)/SSE\), n is the sample size, p is the number of model parameters including intercept SSE is the residual sum of squares.


Sawa, T. (1978). “Information Criteria for Discriminating among Alternative Regression Models.” Econometrica 46:1273–1282.

Judge, G. G., Griffiths, W. E., Hill, R. C., and Lee, T.-C. (1980). The Theory and Practice of Econometrics. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

See also

Other model selection criteria: ols_aic, ols_apc, ols_fpe, ols_hsp, ols_mallows_cp, ols_msep, ols_sbc


full_model <- lm(mpg ~ ., data = mtcars) model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars) ols_sbic(model, full_model)
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