This closed question Can the likelihood take values outside of the range[0,1] comes up when I search Google for "likelihood greater than 1"

However I recently learned in my course that it can not be. How should I best ask for clarification on why the answer here, that it can be, is wrong?

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    $\begingroup$ The answer isn't wrong. You may have misunderstood what was said in your course. Notice further that the question is a duplicate, so click on the "** This question already has answers here:** Can a probability distribution value exceeding 1 be OK?" to get more information. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ Got it. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Kirsten
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Kirsten you might consider removing the downvote that you placed on the answer that you thought was wrong but isn't wrong. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 23:42
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    $\begingroup$ I didn't notice there was downvote from OP to the answer in question. While I won't dictate any how they would vote a post, it's a good practice, if there is a minuscule of ambivalence, first seek clarification and if that doesn't satisfy and is not rationale, then a downvote could be given. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 3:43
  • $\begingroup$ When I try to upvote I get a message "You last voted on this answer yesterday. Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited." $\endgroup$
    – Kirsten
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 5:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Kirsten I have requested Glen_b to make an edit to the post so that the downvote could be removed. If it is edited, you can remove the downvote (and may upvote). $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 5:59
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not concerned that the downvote be removed (as I had already let Kirsten know in chat); my concern with the downvote was identifying and explaining the issue that led to it (which between the comments and the chat I think has been resolved). However, I'll do as requested. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @Glen_b. I hope Kirsten has all the confusions resolved. And since the answer isn't wrong and the confusion has been vaporised (I hope), the downvote can be removed. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ Downvote successfully removed and upvote added. $\endgroup$
    – Kirsten
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 18:02

1 Answer 1


What's at stake here?

OP has doubt regarding the veracity of an answer to a question that has been closed.

Now OP needs clarification. What could be done?

$\bullet$ Comment! Seriously, leave a comment to the post seeking clarification re OP's concern. The poster, if needed, would surely respond or(and) might edit the post, if necessary.

$\bullet$ If the user is no more in the site, then still leave a comment behind, for there could be others who could notice and respond to that.

$\bullet$ Ask a follow-up question. Explain the concern in a new question re any assertion made in the answer to the previous question. But make sure to explicitly reason as to why it's not a duplicate. That is, it is to be asked with clarity why, at the very first place, the concern is legit and that warrants a different post.

$\bullet$ Also, one thing to be noted is to why the original question was closed: it was marked duplicate. So, one can resort to that question for more info.

Finally, one more I would like to add is that if a post is wrong or disseminating misleading assertions, chances are there would be responses from the community: it's highly likely the errs don't remain overlooked from the vigil eyes, if there is any error at the first place.

TL;DR: Interact with the poster airing the concern primarily by resorting to comment.

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