[R] Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Wed Mar 1 15:41:08 CET 2006

Arun Kumar Saha <arun.kumar.saha <at> gmail.com> writes:

> hi all,
> Can anyone tell me how to do Maximum Likelihood Estimation in R?

  Unfortunately this question is ***way*** too vague for us
to answer adequately.  A short answer is that R provides general-purpose
minimization functions (optim, nlm, nlminb) that you can use to
minimize a negative log-likelihood function; the mle() function
in the stats4 package is a wrapper for this function.  You have
to define your own likelihood function:
may be helpful.

   Ben Bolker

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