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Find a general formula for the MLE for p

  1. Mar 14, 2014 #1
    An experiment consists of giving a sequences of patients a risky treatment until two have died, and then recording N, the number who survived. If p is the proportion killed by the treatment, then the distribution of N is:

    P(N=n)=((n+1)(1-p)^n)p^2


    Find a general formula for the MLE for p:


    The experiment is done in 8 hospitals, and the observed values of N are 3, 0, 4, 2, 3, 5, 1,3. Compute the estimate for p derived in part (a)
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2014 #2

    Stephen Tashi

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    This looks like a homework question or a risky experiment. If it's homework, it should be posted in a different section of the forum along with a statement of your attempts. If this was a risky experiment, please describe all the details.
     
  4. Mar 15, 2014 #3

    Mark44

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    As Stephen said, questions of this nature must be posted in the Homework & Coursework sections, not in the technical math sections. I am closing this thread. You are welcome to repost in the HW & CW sections.
     
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