Is there any closed form expression for Rényi entropy of a set variables with multivariate Gaussian distribution?
Take the 2minute tour
×
MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. It's 100% free, no registration required.
Yes. First, do a change of variable in the integral to convert it to the Renyi entropy of a set of uncorrelated Gaussians with standard deviation $1$. The integral now splits into a product of 1dimensional integrals, where each one is the Renyi entropy of a 1dimensional Gaussian. An alternative approach is to write the integral in polar coordinates and split the integral into the product of a spherical integral (which is equal to something like the determinant of the covariance matrix multiplied by the volume of a sphere) and a radial integral. The radial integral can be written in terms of gamma functions (or, beta functions) using the right change of variable. 

