OLM 2.3. Likelihood function and model selection
Modelling and model selection are essential components of ecological research as we explained in Ch2.7 (p.27). Models’ parameters are often estimated by maximum likelihood estimators and model selection is often based on information theory functions calculated from likelihood that is why we briefly introduced the concept of likelihood there. Here we provide the simplest possible numerical example for illustration of the concepts and their application. For further reading we recommend Burnham and Anderson (2013).