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Entropy 2016, 18(11), 382; doi:10.3390/e18110382

Bounds on Rényi and Shannon Entropies for Finite Mixtures of Multivariate Skew-Normal Distributions: Application to Swordfish (Xiphias gladius Linnaeus)

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Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP), Blanco 839, Valparaíso 2361827, Chile
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Departamento de Matemática, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso 2390123, Chile
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Academic Editor: Antonio M. Scarfone
Received: 3 August 2016 / Revised: 4 October 2016 / Accepted: 21 October 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Applied Statistical Mechanics)
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Abstract

Mixture models are in high demand for machine-learning analysis due to their computational tractability, and because they serve as a good approximation for continuous densities. Predominantly, entropy applications have been developed in the context of a mixture of normal densities. In this paper, we consider a novel class of skew-normal mixture models, whose components capture skewness due to their flexibility. We find upper and lower bounds for Shannon and Rényi entropies for this model. Using such a pair of bounds, a confidence interval for the approximate entropy value can be calculated. In addition, an asymptotic expression for Rényi entropy by Stirling’s approximation is given, and upper and lower bounds are reported using multinomial coefficients and some properties and inequalities of L p metric spaces. Simulation studies are then applied to a swordfish (Xiphias gladius Linnaeus) length dataset. View Full-Text
Keywords: skew-normal; frinite mixtures; Shannon entropy; Rényi entropy; swordfish skew-normal; frinite mixtures; Shannon entropy; Rényi entropy; swordfish
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Contreras-Reyes, J.E.; Cortés, D.D. Bounds on Rényi and Shannon Entropies for Finite Mixtures of Multivariate Skew-Normal Distributions: Application to Swordfish (Xiphias gladius Linnaeus). Entropy 2016, 18, 382.

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