Accession Number : AD0634768

Title :   QUANTIFICATION OF OCKHAM'S RAZOR BY VIOLATION OF THE LIKELIHOOD PRINCIPLE.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON DEPT OF STATISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Stone, Mervyn

Report Date : MAR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : For inference situations with an ancillary statistic, a quantifier, based on a significance level whose calculation involves the distribution of the ancillary statistic, is described which provides a quantification of Ockham's Razor. Its application is proposed for those cases where the method of maximum likelihood fails, due to 'overparametrization', or rather, inadequate experimentation. Examples described include (i) a curve fitting problem (ii) a problem involving the observable convolution of two individually unobservable binomial variables. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION THEORY, OPTIMIZATION), CURVE FITTING, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, STATISTICAL TESTS

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE