Entropy2015, 17(5), 3501-3517; doi:10.3390/e17053501 (registering DOI) - published 22 May 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Recently, a series of papers addressed the problem of decomposing the information of two random variables into shared information, unique information and synergistic information. Several measures were proposed, although still no consensus has been reached. Here, we compare these proposals with an older approach to define synergistic information based on the projections on exponential families containing only up to k-th order interactions. We show that these measures are not compatible with a decomposition into unique, shared and synergistic information if one requires that all terms are always non-negative (local positivity). We illustrate the difference between the two measures for multivariate Gaussians.
Entropy2015, 17(5), 3479-3500; doi:10.3390/e17053479 - published 20 May 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Classical reliability assessment methods have predominantly focused on probability and statistical theories, which are insufficient in assessing the operational reliability of individual mechanical equipment with time-varying characteristics. A new approach to assess machinery operational reliability with normalized lifting wavelet entropy from condition monitoring information is proposed, which is different from classical reliability assessment methods depending on probability and statistics analysis. The machinery vibration signals with time-varying operational characteristics are firstly decomposed and reconstructed by means of a lifting wavelet package transform. The relative energy of every reconstructed signal is computed as an energy percentage of the reconstructed signal in the whole signal energy. Moreover, a normalized lifting wavelet entropy is defined by the relative energy to reveal the machinery operational uncertainty. Finally, operational reliability degree is defined by the quantitative value obtained by the normalized lifting wavelet entropy belonging to the range of [0, 1]. The proposed method is applied in the operational reliability assessment of the gearbox in an oxy-generator compressor to validate the effectiveness.
Entropy2015, 17(5), 3461-3478; doi:10.3390/e17053461 - published 20 May 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Image denoising is a very important step in cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and the energy filtering TEM images before the 3D tomography reconstruction, as it addresses the problem of high noise in these images, that leads to a loss of the contained information. High noise levels contribute in particular to difficulties in the alignment required for 3D tomography reconstruction. This paper investigates the denoising of TEM images that are acquired with a very low exposure time, with the primary objectives of enhancing the quality of these low-exposure time TEM images and improving the alignment process. We propose denoising structures to combine multiple noisy copies of the TEM images. The structures are based on Bayesian estimation in the transform domains instead of the spatial domain to build a novel feature preserving image denoising structures; namely: wavelet domain, the contourlet transform domain and the contourlet transform with sharp frequency localization. Numerical image denoising experiments demonstrate the performance of the Bayesian approach in the contourlet transform domain in terms of improving the signal to noise ratio (SNR) and recovering fine details that may be hidden in the data. The SNR and the visual quality of the denoised images are considerably enhanced using these denoising structures that combine multiple noisy copies. The proposed methods also enable a reduction in the exposure time.
Entropy2015, 17(5), 3438-3457; doi:10.3390/e17053438 - published 18 May 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Performance tests were carried out for a microchannel printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE), which was fabricated with micro photo-etching and diffusion bonding technologies. The microchannel PCHE was tested for Reynolds numbers in the range of 100‒850 varying the hot-side inlet temperature between 40 °C–50 °C while keeping the cold-side temperature fixed at 20 °C. It was found that the average heat transfer rate and heat transfer performance of the countercurrrent configuration were 6.8% and 10%‒15% higher, respectively, than those of the parallel flow. The average heat transfer rate, heat transfer performance and pressure drop increased with increasing Reynolds number in all experiments. Increasing inlet temperature did not affect the heat transfer performance while it slightly decreased the pressure drop in the experimental range considered. Empirical correlations have been developed for the heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop factor as functions of the Reynolds number.
Entropy2015, 17(5), 3419-3437; doi:10.3390/e17053419 - published 18 May 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Recently, sparse adaptive learning algorithms have been developed to exploit system sparsity as well as to mitigate various noise disturbances in many applications. In particular, in sparse channel estimation, the parameter vector with sparsity characteristic can be well estimated from noisy measurements through a sparse adaptive filter. In previous studies, most works use the mean square error (MSE) based cost to develop sparse filters, which is rational under the assumption of Gaussian distributions. However, Gaussian assumption does not always hold in real-world environments. To address this issue, we incorporate in this work an l1-norm or a reweighted l1-norm into the minimum error entropy (MEE) criterion to develop new sparse adaptive filters, which may perform much better than the MSE based methods, especially in heavy-tailed non-Gaussian situations, since the error entropy can capture higher-order statistics of the errors. In addition, a new approximator of l0-norm, based on the correntropy induced metric (CIM), is also used as a sparsity penalty term (SPT). We analyze the mean square convergence of the proposed new sparse adaptive filters. An energy conservation relation is derived and a sufficient condition is obtained, which ensures the mean square convergence. Simulation results confirm the superior performance of the new algorithms.