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I don't think I truly understand what methods are classified as "empirical Bayes". Is expectation maximization considered an example of this?

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    $\begingroup$ E-M is an optimization algorithm, useful for finding the maximum of likelihood functions. EB is completely different, an attempt to mimic Bayesian analysis (and thereby gain some of the benefits thereof) w/o establishing a prior that is independent of the data. $\endgroup$ – jbowman May 13 at 17:13

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