maximum likelihood

noun

: a statistical method for estimating population parameters (such as the mean and variance) from sample data that selects as estimates those parameter values maximizing the probability of obtaining the observed data

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maximum likelihood was in 1922

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“Maximum likelihood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum%20likelihood. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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