Estimating a Binomial Parameter Using the Likelihood Function
As was the case with probability in the seventeenth century, likelihood had been emerging as a new concept for some time before it was formalized and named (by Fisher, 1921). Early examples of the method of maximum likelihood have been noticed in the work of J.H. Lambert and Daniel Bernoulli in the eighteenth century and discussed by several authors (see Edwards, 1974; Hald, 1998, Chapter 5; and Stigler, 1999, Chapter 16, for introductions to the literature), and the emergence of the method in modern times has been discussed by Aldrich (1997), Edwards (1997b), and Hald (1998, Chapter 28; 1999).
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