Entropy power inequality
In mathematics, the entropy power inequality is a result in information theory that relates to so-called "entropy power" of random variables. It shows that the entropy power of suitably well-behaved random variables is a superadditive function. The entropy power inequality was proved in 1948 by Claude Shannon in his seminal paper "A Mathematical Theory of Communication". Shannon also provided a sufficient condition for equality to hold; Stam (1959) showed that the condition is in fact necessary.
Statement of the inequality
and the entropy power of X, denoted N(X), is defined to be
In particular, N(X) = |K| 1/n when X is normal distributed with covariance matrix K.
- Information entropy
- Information theory
- Limiting density of discrete points
- Kullback–Leibler divergence
- Entropy estimation
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