maximum likelihood

noun statistics

the probability of randomly drawing a given sample from a population maximized over the possible values of the population parameters
the non-Bayesian rule that, given an experimental observation, one should utilize as point estimates of parameters of a distribution those values which give the highest conditional probability to that observation, irrespective of the prior probability assigned to the parameters

Nearby words

  1. maximization,
  2. maximize,
  3. maximum,
  4. maximum breathing capacity,
  5. maximum card,
  6. maximum likelihood estimation,
  7. maximum principle,
  8. maximum thermometer,
  9. maximum value theorem,
  10. maximum velocity

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