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IPython Interactive Computing and Visualization Cookbook by Cyrille Rossant

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Fitting a probability distribution to data with the maximum likelihood method

A good way to explain a dataset is to apply a probabilistic model to it. Finding an adequate model can be a job in its own. Once a model is chosen, it is necessary to compare it to the data. This is what statistical estimation is about. In this recipe, we apply the maximum likelihood method on a dataset of survival times after heart transplant (1967-1974 study).

Getting ready

As usual in this chapter, a background in probability theory and real analysis is recommended. In addition, you need the statsmodels package to retrieve the test dataset. For more information on statsmodels, refer to http://statsmodels.sourceforge.net. On Anaconda, you can install statsmodel with ...

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