SMS scnews item created by Andrew Crisp at Wed 17 Aug 2011 1146
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 18 Aug 2011
Calendar1: 18 Aug 2011 1500-1700
CalLoc1: Carslaw 273
Auth: andrewc@bari.maths.usyd.edu.au

The Postgraduate Seminar series continues this Thursday at 3pm in Carslaw 273.  Our
student talk is by Jenny Wilcox (title and abstract below), and our general talk is by
Mary Myerscough, who will be helping us understand "What your supervisor hates to
hear".

Food and drink will be provided, and all are welcome!

Jenny Wilcox Title: An example of inconsistency for non parametric maximum likelihood
estimation of mixture distributions

"A simple example is given where the non parametric maximum likelihood estimator of the
number of mass points $K$ of a mixing distribution is inconsistent for the true number
$k$.  A series of pictures and a mysterious lack of detail will be presented to show
that in the example given, P(K=k) tends to 0."


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