By G. Larry Bretthorst

This paintings is basically an in depth revision of my Ph.D. dissertation, [1J. It 1S basically a learn rfile at the program of likelihood concept to the parameter estimation challenge. the folks who should be attracted to this fabric are physicists, economists, and engineers who've to accommodate information each day; as a result, we now have incorporated loads of introductory and instructional fabric. any individual with the identical of the maths heritage required for the graduate­ point examine of physics might be capable of stick to the fabric contained during this publication, even though no longer with out eIfort. From the time the dissertation was once written formerly (approximately twelve months) our knowing of the parameter estimation challenge has replaced widely. we have now attempted to include what we now have discovered into this booklet. i'm indebted to a couple of those that have aided me in getting ready this docu­ ment: Dr. C. Ray Smith, Steve Finney, Juana Sunchez, Matthew Self, and Dr. Pat Gibbons who acted as readers and editors. moreover, i need to expand my private because of Dr. Joseph Ackerman for his aid through the time this manuscript was once being ready.

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