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Assume that I want to estimate the parameters of a distribution like for example the Gaussian distribution, but I have the code only for the estimation of the parameters of a mixture of Gaussian distributions.

Can I use this code setting K=1? Is a 1-cluster solution of a mixture distribution the same of a single distribution?

I know that it might be a silly question but I am having hard times trying to answering it. Thanks

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    $\begingroup$ Are you asking how to estimate the parameters of a multivariate gaussian distribution? $\endgroup$ – Sycorax Feb 16 at 21:17
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Yes, they will be the same - all data points will be from the same component, a single Gaussian.

But it’s surprising that you have code for a mixture of Gaussian and not code for fitting a Gaussian, as that code is usually used as part of the mixture estimation.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot! The fact is that I don't want to get confused deleting parts which are important in the code of the mixture... but anyway the problem is solved I just out K=1.. $\endgroup$ – Bibi Feb 16 at 23:56

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