Estimating the Mean of a Random Binomial Parameter
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON United States
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In studying biological phenomenon, one often observes random variables which are the result of other randomly occurring unobservable events. This is usually the case in the observation of genetic traits. The measurable trait in question has a probability distribution for the population of animals under study. Each individual member of the population of animals carries a value of the measurable trait, but it may or may not and often is not directly observable. It is not difficult to envision the probability distribution of the trait in the population as being continuous, while the distribution of the visible expression of the trait is a discrete count depending on the value of the measurable trait.
- Statistics and Probability