The authors discuss a class of likelihood functions involving weak assumptions on data generating mechanisms. These likelihoods may be appropriate when it is difficult to propose models for the data. The properties of these likelihoods are given and it is shown how they can be computed numerically by use of the Blahut-Arimoto algorithm. The authors then show how these likelihoods can give useful inferences using a data set for which no plausible physical model is apparent. The plausibility of the inferences is enhanced by the extensive robustness analysis these likelihoods permit.
- Blahut-Arimoto algorithm
- Rate distortion function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty