maximum likelihood

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In statistics, the probability of obtaining a given set of observed scores in a random sample of a population maximized over the possible values of the parameter(s) of the population from which the scores are drawn; also, a method of estimation used in multiple regression and elsewhere based on this concept, introduced in 1912 by the English statistician and geneticist Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890–1962).

Subjects: Chemistry — Psychology.

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