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+# Copyright (C) 2003,2004  Michael Creel michael.creel@uab.es
+# under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
+# 
+# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+# 
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+# 
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
+# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
+ 
+# Copyright (C) 2003  Michael Creel michael.creel@uab.es
+# under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
+# The GPL license is in the file COPYING
+# 
+# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+# 
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+# 
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
+# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
+ 
+# Copyright (C) 2003  Michael Creel michael.creel@uab.es
+# under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
+# The GPL license is in the file COPYING
+# 
+# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+# 
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+# 
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
+# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
+ 
+# call the minimizing routine
+function [theta, obj_value, convergence] = mle_estimate(theta, data, model, modelargs, control)
+  if nargin == 3
+    [theta, obj_value, convergence] = bfgsmin("mle_obj", {theta, data, model, modelargs});
+  else
+    [theta, obj_value, convergence] = bfgsmin("mle_obj", {theta, data, model, modelargs}, control);
+  endif
+	obj_value = - obj_value; # recover from minimization rather than maximization
+endfunction