# Talk:Estimation theory

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## Merging

I think estimation (of what's directly relevant to statistics) should be merged into [[estimation theory). Cburnett 03:25, 9 Mar 2005 (UTC)

## Merge with Estimator

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The result of the discussion was do not merge.

I disagree with this merge. Estimation theory and an estimator are not the same. One being a theory on how to estimate and the other being a function of estimation. For example, estimation theory is not the same as the Minimum mean-square error, and vice-versa. I suppose you could say mathematics is not the same as function (mathematics).

Perhaps some material can be exchanged between them, but not a merge. Cburnett 18:27, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

• Oppose I agree with above comments, two different things --vossman 04:54, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Have mercy! I am without knowledge and the only clue I had was the term "estimation theory." Please do not submerge the estimation theory without a reference for those of us with little knowledge. Thanks!

• Oppose don't think they are identical to merge. Farmanesh (talk) 22:43, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Closed This seems to have been closed a long time ago. Neither article has merge template at present, so the question hasn't been reopened formally Melcombe (talk) 08:47, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

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## Against Merge

Estimation Theory and Statistical Point Estimation are two totally different approaches to the same thing. The nomeclature and methods are almost orthogonal. --Lucas Gallindo 17:36, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

## Statistics versus signal processing

I think a problem with this page is that it is very much focussed on Estimation Theory as it is understood in engineering esp. Signal Processing. There is also a mathematical science called Statistics which treates Estimation (and hence Estimators), Testing (and hence Statistical Tests), and so on. In principle Statistics is applicable in medicine, biology, physics, social science, economics, .... engineering ... law, sport, consumer studies ... . The page on Estimator about which there is discussion above is an example of the topic seen from Statistics. Obviously people from engineering will hardly recognise that it's all, in principle, about the same thing, and vice versa.

The subject of Estimation Theory is: construction, design, evaluation of Estimators! So one hardly needs two different pages with those two titles. I suppose that Interval Estimation is also part of estimation theory, while presently it is only treated under Estimators and not under Estimation !!!

I think there should be a general page on Estimation Theory with subtopics on Estimation theory in engineering etc.. as far as these subfields cannot identifiy themselves with the broad topic Gill110951 08:01, 10 December 2006 (UTC)