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A Characterization of Entropy in Terms of Information Loss
AbstractThere are numerous characterizations of Shannon entropy and Tsallis entropy as measures of information obeying certain properties. Using work by Faddeev and Furuichi, we derive a very simple characterization. Instead of focusing on the entropy of a probability measure on a finite set, this characterization focuses on the “information loss”, or change in entropy, associated with a measure-preserving function. Information loss is a special case of conditional entropy: namely, it is the entropy of a random variable conditioned on some function of that variable. We show that Shannon entropy gives the only concept of information loss that is functorial, convex-linear and continuous. This characterization naturally generalizes to Tsallis entropy as well.
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Baez, J.C.; Fritz, T.; Leinster, T. A Characterization of Entropy in Terms of Information Loss. Entropy 2011, 13, 1945-1957.View more citation formats
Baez JC, Fritz T, Leinster T. A Characterization of Entropy in Terms of Information Loss. Entropy. 2011; 13(11):1945-1957.Chicago/Turabian Style
Baez, John C.; Fritz, Tobias; Leinster, Tom. 2011. "A Characterization of Entropy in Terms of Information Loss." Entropy 13, no. 11: 1945-1957.