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Quasi-independence models with rational maximum likelihood estimates

by   Jane Ivy Coons, et al.

We classify the two-way independence quasi-independence models (or independence models with structural zeros) that have rational maximum likelihood estimators, or MLEs. We give a necessary and sufficient condition on the bipartite graph associated to the model for the MLE to be rational. In this case, we give an explicit formula for the MLE in terms of combinatorial features of this graph. We also use the Horn uniformization to show that for general log-linear models ℳ with rational MLE, any model obtained by restricting to a face of the cone of sufficient statistics of ℳ also has rational MLE.


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