maximum likelihood

noun

Definition of maximum likelihood

: 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

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The impact of these advances is huge, especially in research or clinical trials, where maximum likelihood of the right diagnosis is necessary. Scientific American, "Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s: Two Experts on Why New Studies Are Encouraging," 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. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Here’s what we know about blood tests for Alzheimer’s," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of maximum likelihood

1922, in the meaning defined above

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