This tag is for [Entropy](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy_(information_theory)) in Mathematics.

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An information theory inequality which relates to Shannon Entropy

For $a_1,...,a_n,b_1,...,b_n>0,\quad$ define $a:=\sum a_i,\ b:=\sum b_i,\ s:=\sum \sqrt{a_ib_i}$. Is the following inequality true?: $${\frac{\Bigl(\prod a_i^{a_i}\Bigr)^\frac1a}a \cdot ...
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Is there a “most random” state in Rubik's cube?

Is there a state in Rubik's cube which can be considered to have the highest degree of randomness (maximum entropy?) asssuming that the solved Rubik's cube has the lowest?
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Can the entropy of a random variable with countably many outcomes be infinite?

Consider a random variable $X$ taking values over $\mathbb{N}$. Let $\mathbb{P}(X = i) = p_i$ for $i \in \mathbb{N}$. The entropy of $X$ is defined by $$H(X) = \sum_i -p_i \log p_i.$$ Is it possible ...
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Entropy of a binomial distribution

How do we get the functional form for the entropy of a binomial distribution? Do we use Stirling's approximation? According to Wikipedia, the entropy is $\frac1 2 \log_2 \big( 2\pi e\, np(1-p) \big) + ...
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What is information theoretic entropy and its physical significance?

I have learned entropy in my information theory classes. The definition I got from text books was the average information content in a message sequence etc. But in one of the MIT videos related to ...
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Approximation of Shannon entropy by trigonometric functions

Define Shannon entropy by $$I(p) = -p \log_2 p$$ Numerical experimentation shows that $\sin(\pi p)^{1-1/e}$ is a good approximation to $I(p) + I(1-p)$ on $[0,1],$ never differing by more than 3.3%. ...
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Inverse of binary entropy function for $0 \le x \le \frac{1}{2}$

I'm trying to find the inverse of $H_2(x) = -x \log_2 x - (1-x) \log_2 (1-x)$[1] subject to $0 \le x \le \frac{1}{2}$. This is for a computation, so an approximation is good enough. My approach was ...
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Entropy of matrix

I am trying to understand entropy. From what I know we can get the entropy of a variable lets say X. What i dont understand is how to calculate the entropy of a matrix say m*n. I thought if columns ...
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Pinsker $\sigma$ Algebra

Let $(X,A,\nu)$ be a probability space and $T:X\to X$ a measure-preserving transformation. The Pinsker sigma algebra is defined as the lower sigma algebra that contains all partition P of measurable ...
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Lemma in Petersen's *Ergodic Theory*

I'm trying to understand the proof of Lemma 6.2.1 (p.260-261) in Petersen's Ergodic Theory. Specifically, I don't understand why $B_{n}^{A} \in \mathscr{B}(T^{-1}\alpha \vee \dots \vee T^{-n}\alpha)$ ...
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Probability and Entropy

According to the Wikipedia article on conditional entropy, $\sum p(x,y)\log p(x)=\sum p(x)\log p(x)$. Can someone please explain how?
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Are there logarithm functions for arbitrary rings?

The logarithm function for $\mathbb{R}$ satisfies $\log xy = \log x + \log y$ whenever both $\log x$ and $\log y$ are defined. Are their conditions for a ring $R$ which guarantee the existence of a ...
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Can I normalize KL-divergence to be $\leq 1$?

The Kullback-Leibler divergence has a strong relationship with mutual information, and mutual information has a number of normalized variants. Is there some similar, entropy-like value that I can use ...
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Looking for a a measure-theoretic treatment of “differential entropy”

If $X$ is a discrete random variable, its entropy $H(X)$ is usually defined as something along the lines of $-\sum \def\P{\mathbb{P}}\P(x) \log_2( \P(x))$, where the sum ranges over all the possible ...
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Decrease of entropy when iterating a random discrete function

Let $m$ be a positive integer. Let $S$ be the set of non-negative integers $x$ less than $m$, with $|S|=m$. Let $X_0$ be the discrete uniform distribution over $S$, with $P(x)=\begin{cases} 1/m & ...
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A tight lower bound for the entropy of the XOR of two random variables

Let $U$ be the uniform random variable over $n$-bit binary strings, and let $X$ be another random variable that is dependent on $U$ and ranges over $n$-bit binary strings. Assuming $I(X;U) \le ...
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Inequality on Shannon's entropy

Let $P$ be a set of probabilities s.t. $\sum_{p_i \in P} p_i = 1$. Moreover, let $H(P)$ the Shannon's entropy of the set of probabilities $P$: $$ H(P) = -\sum_{p_i \in P} p_i \log_2 p_i $$ I define ...
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A combinatorial problem.

Let be $(X, \mathbb{A}, \mu)$ a measure space, a partition of $ X $ is a disjoint family $\xi=\{P_1,\ldots,P_k \}$ of measurable sets such tath $\bigcup P_i=X\pmod0).$ If $\xi=\{P_1,\ldots,P_k ...
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Entropy of $X =\{1,2,\ldots,\infty\}$ with the probability of $\{1/2^1,1/2^2,\ldots,1/2^\infty\}$?

I'm studing for an information theory exam, maybe some of you can help me here with an exercise. What's the entropy of $X$ as $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ ($n$=infinity) where the probabilities are $P \{1/2^1, ...
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Relationship between entropy and ergodicity

Are there any direct connections between entropy and ergodicity? For example, does knowing that $(X,\mathcal{S},\mu,T)$ is ergodic help in computing the entropy? I know that there are some indirect ...
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Derivation of the maximum entropy distribution

I am reading a book and having trouble following something. The problem is to try to maximize the differential entropy $-\int_{0}^{\infty}p(r)\log p(r)$ under the constraints that ...
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Do the pth powers of $p$-norms define the same partial ordering on the set of all probability distributions for all $p>1$?

Consider the $p$-th power of the Schatten $p$-norm $||q||_p$ of a probability distribution $q$ , ie, the function $\sum_j q_j^p$, where $\sum_j q_j = 1$ and $q_j \geq 0$. For fixed $q$ and $p>1$ ...
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Does a maximum entropy probability distribution with KL-divergence constraint not exist?

In my earlier question I asked about a technical aspect of solving a system of equations arising from looking for an entropy-maximizing distribution $p(x)$ continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ and constrained ...
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Topological Entropy of $(x,y)\mapsto(x+y,x+a)$

Let $a\in \mathbb T^1$, how can I calculate the topological entropies of the maps $T_1:(x,y)\mapsto(x+y,x+a)$ and $T_2 : (x,y) \mapsto (x+y,y+a)$ defined on $\mathbb T^2$. Here $\mathbb T^n$ is the ...
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How to consider gravity as an entropic force?

Is it possible to consider gravity as an entropic force? What is mathematical relation between second law of thermodynamics and newton law of gravity?
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convergence of entropy and sigma-fields

This question is related to this one. Let $(X_1, X_2, \ldots)$ be a sequence of random variables such that each $X_n$ takes its values in a finite space, say $\{0,1\}$, and the $\sigma$-field ...
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Calculate entropy with n values

I trying to solve a quiz that asks the following. The variable $X$ can be the values $1,2,3,...,n$ with the probabilities $\frac{1}{2^1}, \frac{1}{2^2},\frac{1}{2^3},...,\frac{1}{2^n}$ How can I ...
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Intuition about the relation of combinations and entropy

It is not difficult to show that $${n \choose \lambda n} \leq 2^{H(\lambda)n}$$ where $H$ is the binary entropy function: $$H(\alpha) = -\alpha \lg \alpha - (1-\alpha)\lg (1-\alpha)$$ I was ...
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Is $H(X)<E(X)$ for natural $X$?

For an RV $X$ with values on $\{1,2,\ldots\}$, I need to prove that the entropy is less than the EV: $H(X)\leq E(X)$ . I tried to bound the log but I'm not quite there. Appreciate any hint... Thanks
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What does SVD Entropy Capture?

Looking at different definitions and types of Entropy, I run into the concept of SVD Entropy, which is defined as explained below. What is the intuition behind the SVD spectrum? What do different ...
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Question about entropy

Let $(X,A,\nu)$ be a probability space and $T\colon X\to X$ a measure preserving transformation $\nu$. Take a measurable partition $P=\{P_0,\dots,P_{k-1}\}$. Let$I$ be a set of all possible ...
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Relative entropy between singular measures

Usually, to define relative entropy between two probability measures, one assumes absolute continuity. Is it possible to extend the usual definition in the non absolutely continuous case?
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Can one define informational content of a mathematical expression?

At least in physicist's thinking, information, vaguely, is something that allows one to select a subset from a set. Say, a system can be in states A and B, we have done a measurement on it ...
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Reference for a transformation

Has the (Lebesgue-)ergodic transformation $T: \{0,1\}^{\mathbb{N}} \to \{0,1\}^{\mathbb{N}}$ defined by $T(x(0)x(1)x(2)\cdots) = x(1)x(3)x(5)\cdots$ been well-studied? If so, where? Does it have a ...
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Which takes more energy: Shuffling a sorted deck or sorting a shuffled one?

You have an array of length $n$ containing $n$ distinct elements. You have access to a comparator on the elements (a black-box function that takes $a$ and $b$ and returns true if $a < b$, false ...
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Notation of cross entropy

I have a question regarding a notation that seems to be very usual. For starters, cross entropy is defined by: \begin{align}H(X, q) &= H(X) + D(p||q) \\ & =-\sum_x p(x)\log_2 q(x)\end{align} ...
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Can I map entropy values to a common range so that they are comparable?

I am using the standard Shannon entropy formula for calculating the entropy of a system at different states. The system has a different number of possible outcomes at each state, in other words the ...
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Is Standard Deviation the same as Entropy?

We know that standard deviation (SD) represents the level of dispersion of a distribution. Thus a distribution with only one value (e.g., 1,1,1,1) has SD equals to zero. Similarly, such a distribution ...
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Estimating the entropy

Given a discrete random variable $X$, I would like to estimate the entropy of $Y=f(X)$ by sampling. I can sample uniformly from $X$. The samples are just random vectors of length $n$ where the entries ...
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Why $p$ factor in $p \log p$ in the entropy formula?

It is explained that we have log for additivity of information in the entropy formula. But, why is the $p$ factor? It is redundant, since we already have it in the $\log p$!
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Shannon inequalities

I have some difficulties in showing the relationship between mutual information $I(X; Y |Z)$ and $I(X; Y)$? What is larger?
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Parameter estimation for a distribution by minimizing its conditional entropy

Let $X$ be a discrete random variable with Laplacian distribution with mean $0$ and scale $\lambda$, as $$ p(X) = \frac{1}{2\lambda} \exp\left(-\frac{|x|}{2\lambda}\right), \\ X \in ...
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Shannon's entropy in a set of probabilities

Let $P = p_1, \ldots, p_N$ be a set of probabilities (i.e., $0 \leq p_i \leq 1$). I can compute the Shannon's entropy as follows: $$ H(P) = -\sum_{i=1}^N p_i \log_2 p_i $$ Now, suppose I perform the ...
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Properties of Entropy

When someone writes $H(X_1, X_2, X_3) = H(X_1) + H(X_2\mid X_1) + H(X_3\mid X_2, X_1)$, how should that last term be interpreted/read? As the joint entropy between 2 variables where variable 1 is ...
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Definition of the Entropy

I have a question regarding definition of entropy by expected value of the random variable $\log \frac{1}{p(X)}$: $H(X) = E \log \frac{1}{p(X)}$, where $X$ is drawn accordingly to the probability ...
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Graph Entropy - What is it?

I am having trouble getting some intuition as to what graph entropy measures. The definition that I have is that given a graph $G$, $H(G) = \min_{X,Y}I(X ;Y)$, where $X$ is a uniformly random vertex ...
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How are definitions of chaos related?

Chaotic systems can be defined in many ways. One definition is that the system has a positive Lyapunov exponent, that is, two trajectories starting near each other will diverge exponentially quickly. ...
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Equality of sets when minimizing Shannon's Entropy

Let $P = \{p_1, \ldots, p_n\}$ be a set of probabilities, i.e., $0 \leq p_i \leq 1$. $P$ is such that $\sum_{p_i \in P} p_i = 1$. I have a set of actions $\mathcal{A} = \{a_1, \ldots, a_N\}$ that can ...
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What is the CONCEPT when we speak of maximum entropy?

What is an intuitive interpretation of the concept of maximum entropy? I want to understand this concept better but what I'm finding is too "advanced" right now. Can anyone simplify it ... imagine I'm ...
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Definition of entropy of an ergodic measure

I'm reading a paper in which it is stated that The entropy of an ergodic measure is defined as $$\lim_{n \to \infty} -\frac{1}{n} \sum_{|w|=n} \mu[w] \log \mu[w].\tag{1} \label{eq:1}$$ Here ...