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Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 27 Feb, 2012 00:49:11 Message: 1 of 14 
Dear Matlab Community, 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 27 Feb, 2012 19:19:11 Message: 2 of 14 
bump 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: John D'Errico Date: 27 Feb, 2012 21:20:14 Message: 3 of 14 
"Eric Diaz" wrote in message <jieju7$1be$1@newscl01ah.mathworks.com>... 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 27 Feb, 2012 23:23:11 Message: 4 of 14 
Possibly because this is one of the only forums that I really know about. Do you have any suggestions for a proper statistical forum to go to? or would you rather just be critical without providing any actually useful information. 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: John D'Errico Date: 28 Feb, 2012 04:55:13 Message: 5 of 14 
"Eric Diaz" wrote in message <jih38v$e6r$1@newscl01ah.mathworks.com>... 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 28 Feb, 2012 08:42:13 Message: 6 of 14 
Looking around on google to find a quality statistics group is not as easy as you imply. I would much rather have a recommendation from someone who has actually been on one of these forums and found it to be useful. So, while you have suggested a couple sites, if you have never been to them yourself, how do you know they are any good? It would seem that if you are recommending some random site for help, you are not being that helpful, again as usual. 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: John D'Errico Date: 28 Feb, 2012 11:10:11 Message: 7 of 14 
"Eric Diaz" wrote in message <jii415$h2g$1@newscl01ah.mathworks.com>... 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Tom Lane Date: 28 Feb, 2012 15:33:39 Message: 8 of 14 
> y = f(t) = A*exp(B*t) + C; 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Steven_Lord Date: 28 Feb, 2012 18:17:12 Message: 9 of 14 

Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 28 Feb, 2012 22:53:13 Message: 10 of 14 
You're right I don't know what 'plunk' is. Nor do I know what a 'USENET' is. Nor did I know that the MATLAB newsreader was a 'USENET'. I have just been using the MATLAB forum that is available through MATLAB central. 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 28 Feb, 2012 23:17:14 Message: 11 of 14 
Thanks Steven. 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 28 Feb, 2012 23:34:13 Message: 12 of 14 
Thanks Tom. Your points are really good. You are absolutely right that the situations in which you might be able to estimate C with any degree of accuracy given the data and a nonlinear model will vary greatly. 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Tom Lane Date: 29 Feb, 2012 21:02:57 Message: 13 of 14 
> Could you explain why you would choose the median, rather than the mean or 
Subject: Expectation Value or Most Probable Value??? From: Eric Diaz Date: 29 Feb, 2012 21:55:23 Message: 14 of 14 
Thanks Tom. Yeah, I had a feeling that you were going to say something like that. Your reasoning is perfectly sound, and I have thought similarly myself but the answer still seems elusive. 
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