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The multisolution strategies for direct phasing at very low resolution, such as the few atoms model technique, result in a number of alternative phase sets, each of them arising from a cluster of closely related models. Use of a Monte-Carlo type computer procedure is suggested to choose between the possible phase sets. It consists of generating a large number of pseudo-atom models inside the mask defined by a trial phase set and the use of histograms of magnitude correlation to evaluate the masks. It is shown that the procedure may be considered as a generalization of the statistical maximum-likelihood principle and may be used as a powerful supplementary tool in the likelihood-based approaches to the phase problem solution.