Statistical models are stories about how the data came to be

June 21, 2013

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

And in much of Statistics, the way of telling such stories is through maximum likelihood: given a multitude of possible stories (models), which story is most consistent with the data we actually saw? Dave Harris originates the lovely aphorism above in a useful primer on maximum likelihood estimation in R using the mle2 function.

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