23 questions linked to/from Wikipedia entry on likelihood seems ambiguous
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### In maximum likelihood estimation, can you maximize $p(x|\theta)$ rather than $L(\theta)$? [duplicate]

Why do you have to define a likelihood function then say you are maximising the likelihood function? Why can't you just maximize $p(x|\theta)$, which is an expression in $\theta$ ? What is technically ...
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### Conflicting "facts" about the likelihood employed in Bayes theorem [duplicate]

Consider the following "facts" about Bayes theorem and likelihood: Bayes theorem, written generically as $P(A|B) = \frac{ P(B|A) P(A) }{ P(B) }$ involves conditional and marginal probabilities. ...
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### What is the difference between "likelihood" and "probability"?

The wikipedia page claims that likelihood and probability are distinct concepts. In non-technical parlance, "likelihood" is usually a synonym for "probability," but in statistical usage there is a ...
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### Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) in layman terms

Could anyone explain to me in detail about maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) in layman's terms? I would like to know the underlying concept before going into mathematical derivation or equation.
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### Weighted arithmetic mean weight choice in a simplified Bayes estimator

A Bayesian estimator as defined in the Wikipedia article Practical example of Bayes estimators balances the prior knowledge of the entire data set with the knowledge of the subset. This is usually ...
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### Relation between: Likelihood, conditional probability and failure rate

Crosspost from math.stacksexchange. Though it might fit better here. My question is about the possibility of showing equivalence between the hazard rate, the conditional probability (of failure) and ...
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