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Appendix A. Beta-distribution moments and parameter estimation.

The mean and variance of the beta-distribution are related to the shape parameters α and β as


These relationships may be inverted to obtain the following relationships for parameter estimation


whereand s2 are the sample mean and the baised sample varianve given by


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