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This module introduces the maximum likelihood estimator. We show how the MLE implements the likelihood principle. Methods for computing th MLE are covered. Properties of the MLE are discussed including asymptotic efficiency and invariance under reparameterization.

The maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) is an alternative to the minimum variance unbiased estimator (MVUE).For many estimation problems, the MVUE does not exist. Moreover, when it does exist, there is no systematic procedure forfinding it. In constrast, the MLE does not necessarily satisfy any optimality criterion, but it can almost always be computed,either through exact formulas or numerical techniques. For this reason, the MLE is one of the most common estimation procedures used in practice.

The MLE is an important type of estimator for the following reasons:

  • The MLE implements the likelihood principle.
  • MLEs are often simple and easy to compute.
  • MLEs have asymptotic optimality properties (consistency and efficiency).
  • MLEs are invariant under reparameterization.
  • If an efficient estimator exists, it is the MLE.
  • In signal detection with unknown parameters (composite hypothesis testing), MLEs are used in implementing thegeneralized likelihood ratio test (GLRT).
This module will discuss these properties in detail, with examples.

The likelihood principle

Supposed the data X is distributed according to the density or mass function p x . The likelihood function for is defined by l x p x At first glance, the likelihood function is nothing new - it is simply a way of rewriting the pdf/pmf of X . The difference between the likelihood and the pdf or pmf is what is held fixed and whatis allowed to vary. When we talk about the likelihood, we view the observation x as being fixed, and the parameter as freely varying.

It is tempting to view the likelihood function as a probability density for , and to think of l x as the conditional density of given x . This approach to parameter estimation is called fiducial inference , and is not accepted by most statisticians.One potential problem, for example, is that in many cases l x is not integrable ( l x ) and thus cannot be normalized. A more fundamental problem is that is viewed as a fixed quantity, as opposed to random. Thus, it doesn't make senseto talk about its density. For the likelihood to be properly thought of as a density, a Bayesian approach is required.
The likelihood principle effectively states that all information we haveabout the unknown parameter is contained in the likelihood function.

Likelihood principle

The information brought by an observation x about is entirely contained in the likelihood function p x . Moreover, if x 1 and x 2 are two observations depending on the same parameter , such that there exists a constant c satisfying p x 1 c p x 2 for every , then they bring the same information about and must lead to identical estimators.

In the statement of the likelihood principle, it is not assumed that the two observations x 1 and x 2 are generated according to the same model, as long as the model is parameterized by .

Questions & Answers

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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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