- freely available
A Utility-Based Approach to Some Information Measures
AbstractWe review a decision theoretic, i.e., utility-based, motivation for entropy and Kullback-Leibler relative entropy, the natural generalizations that follow, and various properties of thesegeneralized quantities. We then consider these generalized quantities in an easily interpreted spe-cial case. We show that the resulting quantities, share many of the properties of entropy andrelative entropy, such as the data processing inequality and the second law of thermodynamics.We formulate an important statistical learning problem – probability estimation – in terms of ageneralized relative entropy. The solution of this problem reflects general risk preferences via theutility function; moreover, the solution is optimal in a sense of robust absolute performance.
Share & Cite This Article
Friedman, C.; Huang, J.; Sandow, S. A Utility-Based Approach to Some Information Measures. Entropy 2007, 9, 1-26.View more citation formats
Friedman C, Huang J, Sandow S. A Utility-Based Approach to Some Information Measures. Entropy. 2007; 9(1):1-26.Chicago/Turabian Style
Friedman, Craig; Huang, Jinggang; Sandow, Sven. 2007. "A Utility-Based Approach to Some Information Measures." Entropy 9, no. 1: 1-26.
Notes: Multiple requests from the same IP address are counted as one view.