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Activity Number: 136 - Modernizing the Mathematical Statistics Course
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #308153
Title: Teach Likelihood
Author(s): Michael Lavine*
Companies: Army Research Office
Keywords: likelihood

In many statistics problems there is no true model for the data and no meaning to the probability of rejecting a true hypothesis, the accuracy of estimating a true value, or the probability with which a confidence procedure covers a true value. Instead of trying to estimate or cover a true value, we should compare models and their parameters according to how well they describe the data at hand. Likelihood is the primary way to quantify the quality of a probability model for describing data and is the main statistical concept we should teach. This talk provides several illustrative examples.

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