Covers theoretical and experimental aspects of information theory and coding.

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### Higher moments of information and Renyi entropy

For a given discrete probability distribution, Shannon entropy can be though as an expectation value $\langle - \log p \rangle$ (see also: What is entropy, really?, What is the role of the logarithm ...

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### Distributing partially known data between n parties

Assume that $n = 2r+1$. There are $n$ elements $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ from a finite field $\mathcal{F}$, and $n$ parties. Each party knows the values of at least $r+1$ elements out of those $n$ ...

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### Cramer's theorem in Hilbert spaces

I am interested under what conditions Cramer's theorem applies in random variables taking values in Hilbert spaces. Following these lecture notes, but using a Hilbert space:
Let $X_1,X_2,\cdots$, be ...

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### Large Deviations: Exponential decay in normed spaces

Let $(X_1,X_2,\cdots)$ be a sequence of independent and identically distributed random variables taking values in some general normed space $(V,||\cdot||)$. Denote $\mu=E[X_1]$ and ...

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### On the inverse problem of Dobrushin

Dobrushin, in this paper, looked into the following problem. Suppose We are given a Markov kernel (conditional distribution) $P_{Y|X}$. Information theorist usually call $W$ a channel. It is known ...

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### Form of the Shannon capacity for Heptagon?

Is the $0$-error capacity of $7$-cycle:
$(1)$ known to be of form $7^q$ for some $q\in \mathbb Q$?

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### Coding for channels with concentrated error

Can we implement a reduced-error transmission over a channel with error frequency having $\liminf<\frac{1}{2}$ and $\limsup>\frac{1}{2}$?
We know that if a channel with error flips (in the ...

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### Asking for an English version of a paper

I have been looking for the paper
"almost independence and secrecy capacity" by Csiszar. But all I could find was a Russian version published in Problems of Information Transmission.
I am wondering ...

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### Noise reduction in capacity-0 channels

Suppose we have a binary symmetric channel with $p=\frac{1}{3}$; that is, a communications channel in which each bit is flipped with independent probability $\frac{1}{3}$. I know that there is a code ...

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### Total conditional complexity

By $C(|)$ denote conditional complexity.
By $CT(|)$ denote total conditional complexity.
For every n there exist two strings $x$ and $y$ of length $n$ such that $C(x|y) = O(1)$
but $CT(x|y) \ge n $.
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### Entropy on a draw from a random distribution.

Suppose I am attempting to calculate the entropy of a continuous, normally distributed random variable $X$, from the distribution $\mathcal{N}(\mu, \sigma)$. This is easy to to do - I just calculate
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### Applications of list decoding

This is citation from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_decoding:
Algorithms developed for list decoding of several interesting code families have found interesting applications in computational ...

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### $q$-deformations of fundamental equation of information and entropies

Classical information theory: fundamental equation of information
In classical information theory, the information $I(A)$ of an event $A$ (any element of the $\sigma$-algebra $\mathcal F$ of a ...

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### Assumption of equal prior message probabilities in the standard proofs of the converse of Shannon's theorem

One of the first steps in the standard proofs for the (weak) converse of the Shannon's theorem (a.k.a. noisy-channel coding theorem) for the discrete memoryless sources is the assumption that messages ...

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### How many samples to accurately estimate the entropy

Consider a discrete random variable $N$ with range $\{1,\dots,1000\}$, say. How many samples do you need to take to be sure that you can, at least in principle, compute the entropy Shannon entropy ...

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### decomposition of Hilbert space into tensor product $L^2([0,\tfrac{1}{2}]) \otimes L^2([\tfrac{1}{2},1]) \simeq L^2([0,1])$

The definition of entanglement entropy in Quantum Field Theory involves decompositing a Hilbert space into a tensor product $\mathcal{H} = \mathcal{H}_A \otimes \mathcal{H}_B$.
As an example, is it ...

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### Mutual information staying constant under composition of channels

Consider the following scenario: one has 2 communication channels $C_1$ and $C_2$. Denote by $p(x)$ the input probability distribution.
The mutual information between the input and the output of ...

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### A conjecture about the entropy of matrix vector products

Consider a random $m$ by $n$ partial circulant matrix $M$ whose entries are chosen independently and uniformly from $\{0,1\}$ and let $m < n$. Now consider a random $n$ dimensional vector $v$ ...

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### Invariance of mutual information

Let $I(X,Y):=H(X)+H(Y)-H(X,Y)$ be the mutual information of the joint probability distribution $p_{XY}$ (here $H(\cdot)$ is the Shannon entropy of its argument). I know that the mutual information is ...

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### Is this graph of reciprocal power means always convex?

Let
$$
p = (p_1, \ldots, p_n)
$$
be a finite probability distribution, which for convenience I'll assume to have no zeroes: thus, $p_i > 0$ for all $i$ and $\sum_i p_i = 1$.
Is the function
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### Lower convex envelope of a function involving entropy

Suppose two discrete random variables $X$ and $Y$ defined on finite sets $\mathcal{X}$ and $\mathcal{Y}$ are given and also suppose the conditional distribution $P_{Y|X}$ (i.e, channel) is fixed. We ...

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### conjectures regarding a new Renyi information quantity

In a recent paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6102, we defined a quantity that we called the "Renyi conditional mutual information" and investigated several of its properties. We have some open ...

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### Variance of continuous stochastic process

In the paper "Directed Information, Causal Estimation, and Communication in Continuous Time" the author show an example of continuous Gaussian Channel:
Let $\{B_t\}$ be a standard Brownian motion and ...

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### Another formulation of error-correcting coding problem

Consider classic error-correcting problem:
there is finite set $A$ and string $a_1...a_n$, $a_i \in A$ in the begin.
in the end we have $b_1...b_n$. Set places of errors $E = \{i| a_i\not= b_i \}$, ...

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### Will relative entropy increase with majorization?

Suppose that three probability distributions have the relation $P\succ Q\succ R$, then do the following relations between their relative entropy valid? (assume that $p_1\geq p_2\geq\cdots \geq p_n$ ...

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### Mutual information decrease with coarse-graining

Let $X,A,Y,B,C,D$ be random binary variables. $D$ is independent from $X,A,C$ and $C$ is independent from $Y,B,D$.
Is it true that:
If $I(Y:B|D=0)\leq \epsilon$ then $I(X\oplus Y:A\oplus ...

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### Geodesic equation from Christoffel symbols

Let $\mathcal{P}:=\mathcal{P}(\mathcal{X})$ be the manifold of all (strictly positive) probability vectors (distributions) on $\mathcal{X}=\{x_0,\dots,x_n\}$,
i.e., each $p=(p(x_0),\dots,p(x_n))\in ...

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### Why private randomization does not help the Shannon's source coding

I am wondering why stochastic encoder and decoder can not help the Shannon source coding? I know the achievability scheme of source coding, which is based on typicality, is deterministic, and hence we ...

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### Entropy for Haar measure on $O(n)$

Let $G$ be a locally compact group. A measure $\mu$ is the right-Haar measure on $G$ if for every $g\in G$ and $E\subseteq G$ Borel set $\mu(Eg)=\mu(E)$. It is known that every locally compact group ...

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### How to generalize uncertainty coefficient to set-valued classes?

This question is the reason I asked How to estimate the entropy of a distribution on a power set?
Proficiency (AKA uncertainty coefficient) is an information-theoretic measure of predictor quality, ...

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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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### An attempt to solve “Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain”

I have been trying to solve Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain. As a recall, suppose we have a pair of correlated random variables ...

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### Is there an universal (dis)similarity measure between two structures?

I'm always wondering is there an universal (dis)similarity measure
between two structures (let's say between two undirected simple
graphs)? I mean, not "the measure with universal parameter that we
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### Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain

Suppose two dependent random variables $X$ and $V$ from finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$ with known joint and marginal distributions are given. Let $P_{XV}$ and $P_X$ and $P_V$ are the ...

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### Maximizing Renyi entropy for a certain channel

The channel under consideration is $T = A + B$, where $A$ and $B$ take on values in $\{0, 1\}$ according to a probability mass function. Let (joint) random vector $(A_1, A_2,\ldots, A_n)$ be denoted ...

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### Inequality in information theory

I am reading the paper "chain independence and common information" (http://ttic.uchicago.edu/~yury/papers/independ.pdf). In this paper, an inequality is used several times (without proof) which looks ...

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### An optimization in Markov Chain

We are given two correlated random variables $V$ and $X$ supported over a finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$. Suppose the marginal $P_V$ and conditional distribution $P_{X|V}$ are ...

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### Approximation of the sum involving binary entropy function

Given the following sum:
$S(n) = \sum_{i=1}^{n} \frac{1}{(1-\operatorname{H}(p))^i}$
where $H$ is the binary entropy function defined as:
$\operatorname{H}(p) = -p\log p - (1-p)\log (1-p) $.
Let ...

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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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### Certain subgroup of automorphism groups of binary codes

Suppose that $C$ is an binary linear code of length $n$ and dimension $k$ (i.e. it's a $k$-dimensional linear subspace of $\mathbb{F}_2^n$). As usual, the automorphism group of $C$ is the subgroup of ...

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### What is the maximum entropy distribution on the natural numbers?

On the reals $\mathbb{R}$, the maximum entropy distribution with a given mean and variance is the Gaussian distribution.
Let $\mu, \sigma > 0$. What is the maximum entropy distribution on the ...

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### Gini Coefficient and Renyi Entropy

Gini coefficient (aka Gini Index) is a quantity used in economics to describe income inequality. It is 0 for uniformly distributed income, and approaches 1 when all income is in hands of one ...

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### A submanifold of the space positive definite matrices

Consider the space of $n \times n$ positive definite symmetric matrices and let $\Sigma$ be one such matrix. We make this space into a Riemannian manifold $M$ by means of the metric ...

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### expected inverse of circulant plus random diagonal

I have a deterministic circulant matrix $R$ and a random diagonal matrix $X$ where all elements are IID and positive.
I need to determine the expected inverse of $R+X$, that is: Evaluate, in closed, ...

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### A (Hard?) combinatorial optimization problem involving the representation numbers

Given a (suppose prime order) group G, for any two partions $\{A_i\}_{i\in I}$ and $\{B_j\}_{j\in J}$ of the group $G$ consider the following quantity
$$ E = \sum\limits_{i \in I,j \in J} \max_{g} ...

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### Fully Homomorphic Error Correction?

Consider a field $F$. Suppose we have two vectors $a,b\in F^n$, and an invertible matrix $G\in F^{n\times n}$. Let $c\in F^n$ be the point-wise product of $a$ and $b$, that is, $c_i=a_ib_i$. Let ...

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### Size of KL-divergence neighbourhoods

I am new here. I was reading another
post
here and this got me wondering what can be said about the size of the following kl divergence neighborhoods.
Consider these two kl-divergence neighbourhood ...

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### “logical distance” link algorithmic complexity to statistical information [closed]

Someone mentioned what I think was referred to as 'logical distance'.
My hard drive crashed and I dont have the link anymore.
I do recall that I ran across it on this site, in response to linking ...

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### Set of distributions that minimize KL divergence,

Assuming that $p,q$ are probability distributions defined on the same support $\{x_i\}_{0 \leq i \leq n}$, $\epsilon$ a small real number, and $D_{KL}$ the Kullback-Leibler divergence,
is there a ...