n pl , -mums, -ma
1 the greatest possible amount, degree, etc.
2 the highest value of a variable quantity
a a value of a function that is greater than any neighbouring value
b a stationary point on a curve at which the tangent changes from a positive value on the left of this point to a negative value on the right
c the largest number in a set
a the time at which the brightness of a variable star has its greatest value
b the magnitude of the star at that time
5 of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums
max (C18: from Latin: greatest (the neuter form used as noun), from magnus great)
1 the probability of randomly drawing a given sample from a population maximized over the possible values of the population parameters
2 the non-Bayesian rule that, given an experimental observation, one should utilize as point estimates of parameters of a distribution those values which give the highest conditional probability to that observation, irrespective of the prior probability assigned to the parameters
n a thermometer that records the highest and lowest temperatures since it was last set
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