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∞ k λ k e −λ
k! k E [Y ] = λk e−λ
l=0 λk−1 e−λ
(k − 1)!
l! (here l = k − 1) = λ.
Similarly, it can be shown that Var(Y ) = λ. The mean and variance can be obtained by taking
the limit of the mean and limit of the variance of the binomial distribution with parameters n and 2.8. MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD PARAMETER ESTIMATION 43 λ
p = n/λ, as n → ∞, as follows. The mean of the Poisson distribution is limn→∞ n n = λ, and the
variance of the Poisson distribution is limn→∞ n n 1 − n = λ. Example 2.7.1 It is assumed that X has a Poisson distribution with some parameter λ with
λ ≥ 0, but the value of λ is unknown. Suppose it is observed that X = k for a particular integer
k. Find the maximum likelihood estimate of X.
k −λ e
Solution: The likelihood of observing X = k is λ k! ; the value of λ maximizing such likelihood
is to be found for k ﬁxed. Equivalently, the value of λ maximizing λk e−λ is to be found. If k ≥ 1, d(λk e−λ )
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