The Maximum Entropy Formalism

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The maximum entropy formalism is the work of E.T. Jaynes. It has seen applications in everything from spectral analysis to black hole entropy. According to Jaynes, (in Where do we stand on maximum entropy?) In principle, every different kind of testable information will generate a different kind of mathematical problem. But there is one important class of problems for which the general solution was given once and for all, by Gibbs. This mathematical form consists of the identification of a discrete probability distribution, , for discrete variables and for which the distribution is...

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