multiple linear regression

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hey guys, i want to ask if anyone has came across any statistical test that have attemted to rank independent variables in their other of significance to the model. I know of methods of selecting satisfactory subsets of independent variables but was wondering if after droping those that are not significant, ranking the significant ones would make any meaning. i actually thought of a method and later on arrived at simpler method of selecting satisfactory subsets of independent variables. I need comment pls.