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Maximum Likelihood and Decision Theory

Bradley Efron
The Annals of Statistics
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Jun., 1982), pp. 340-356
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2240671
Page Count: 17
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Maximum Likelihood and Decision Theory
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Abstract

This paper discusses five questions concerning maximum likelihood estimation: What kind of theory is maximum likelihood? How is maximum likelihood used in practice? To what extent can this theory and practice be justified from a decision-theoretic viewpoint? What are maximum likelihood's principal virtues and defects? What improvements have been suggested by decision theory?

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