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### Intrinsic significance of differential entropy

Many commentators (e.g. Jaynes, Rota) argue that the notion of "differential entropy" is problematic (as commonly defined by $h(X) = \int ( \log\frac{1}{p(x)} ) p(x) \, dx$, where $X$ is a random ...
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### How to estimate the entropy of a distribution on a power set?

Given a probability distribution $(X,p)$, its entropy is defined as $H=-\sum_{x\in X} p(x)\log p(x)$. Given a sample of observations $x_n,n=1..N$, one can estimate $p(x)=\frac{\#\{i:x_i=x\}}{N}$ and ...
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### Connection between inf-entropy rate and min-entropy

I am reading the paper "Generating random bits from an arbitrary source: fundamental limits" by Vembu and Verdu. This paper is written in the language of information theory, however, I need to ...
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### largest size for a randomness extractor

I am not so expert in theoretical computer science, so sorry if the question is trivial, i just could not find it in literature. Suppose we have a source $X$ with min-entropy $\ell$, the randomness ...
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### Entropy in elimination theory, or a brief remark by Gelfand-Kapranov-Zelevinsky

In the introduction to their book "Discriminants, resultants and multidimensional determinant", the authors state a very intriguing observation concerning the coefficients of monomials appearing in $A$...
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### General additive function of probability

Let $H$ be a function of finite sequences of probabilities (non-negative numbers summing up to 1) into real numbers, such that: $H$ is continuous, $H$ is symmetric w.r.t. the order of its arguments, ...
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### Simple reason that a mathematician cannot do better than random when guessing contents of a box?

I have a question about the finite analog of the puzzle proposed here involving mathematicians guessing the contents of boxes. Specifically, suppose there are $k$ unopened boxes each containing a ...
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### Calculate channel capacity of general channel under constraint

Given a conditional distribution $P_{Y|X}$ I'd like to find the prior distribution $P_X$ that maximizes the mutual information $I(X;Y)$ with $P_Y(y)=\int P_{Y|X}(y|x)P_X(x)\text{dx}$ (this corresponds ...
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### Calculating entropy of adjacency matrix using eigenvalue decomposition?

How to calculate entropy using the eigenvalues when the eigenvalues are negative? Is there a simple relation between the entropy of a matrix and its characteristic polynomial?
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### Low degree polynomial approximation for the entropy function

Let $X$ be a discrete random variable with possible values $\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$, and let $p$ denote the probability mass function of $X$. In addition, denote $p_i=p(x_i)$. The entropy of $X$ is ...
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### existence of finitely additive measures with zero entropy

Let $X$ be a countable set and $\mathcal M(X)$ be the set of finitely additive probability measures on $X$. If $\mu\in\mathcal M(X)$, I define the entropy of $\mu$ to be  E(\mu)=\sup\left\{\left.-\...
Suppose $T: X \to X$ is a continuous map and $\mu$ a $T$-ergodic probability measure over the Borel sets of $X$. Now, suppose $K \subset \mathrm{Hom}(X)$ is a compact group of measure-preserving ...
Question Examples of continuous transformations $T: X \to X$ such that the family of invariant probability measures $M(T)$ is NOT empty but there is no ergodic measure ($E(T) = \emptyset$). Notice ...