[SciPy-User] Wording question regarding to distributions
Thu Jan 14 16:37:01 CST 2010
On 14-Jan-10, at 5:30 PM, Gökhan Sever wrote:
> What is the right way to express:
> Do we fit data to a distribution or distribution to data?
I would say the latter. Assuming we are talking about the same
scenario, the data follow some unknown distribution, which you try to
approximate with some parametric form using maximum likelihood
estimators and such. So you are fitting a (particular) distribution
(or more specifically, a model of the underlying process which *uses*
that particular distribution) to observed data.
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