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Activity Number: 629 - Advanced Topics in Statistics Education
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 3, 2017 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #324955 View Presentation
Title: Maximum Likelihood Estimation of the Mode of a Continuous Distribution (Without Grouping)
Author(s): John Paul DeLong*
Keywords: Maximum Likelihood ; Numerical Estimation ; Continuous Distribution

We show an example of a continuous distribution, expressed piecewise, with an unknown parameter which happens to be the mode of the distribution. It turns out that the likelihood function is not trivial to find and not trivial to maximize. We show how we calculate it numerically, resulting in an interesting estimator.

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