24 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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### Relation between likelihood function and conditional probability [duplicate]

I can't quite understand why the LHS equals to the RHS in the highlighted part in the following? A=theta, the model parameter. This is part of the deduction of loss function for logistic regression. ...
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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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### Is there any difference between Frequentist and Bayesian on the definition of Likelihood?

Some sources say likelihood function is not conditional probability, some say it is. This is very confusing to me. According to most sources I have seen, the likelihood of a distribution with ...