# Maximum Likelihood Estimators

1. Oct 31, 2012

### Scootertaj

2. Relevant equations

$$L(x,p) = \prod_{i=1}^npdf$$
$$l= \sum_{i=1}^nlog(pdf)$$
Then solve $$\frac{dl}{dp}=0$$ for p (parameter we are seeking to estimate)

3. The attempt at a solution

I know how to do this when we are given a pdf, but I'm confused how to do this when we have a sample.

2. Oct 31, 2012

### Ray Vickson

Are there no similar examples solved in your textbook or course notes? Could you find nothing at all on-line?

RGV

3. Oct 31, 2012

### Scootertaj

Not so far, though I'll be talking to a graduate TA about it.