Should the maximimum likelihood estimator be increasing in every step of the EM algorithm?
I wrote an EM algorithm recently and the number it arrived does not seem to be the maximum.
I know this because I used the optim function on R on the same problem and it arrived parameters which gave a bigger log-likelihood value.
But even when I started at this maximum, I run my EM algorithm, it seem to converge to the other value I initially derived from my EM algorithm.
What is the most likely explanation for this?