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Bryan’s Maximum Entropy Method—Diagnosis of a Flawed Argument and Its Remedy

Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger, 4021 Stavanger, Norway
Received: 25 July 2020 / Revised: 14 September 2020 / Accepted: 15 September 2020 / Published: 17 September 2020
The Maximum Entropy Method (MEM) is a popular data analysis technique based on Bayesian inference, which has found various applications in the research literature. While the MEM itself is well-grounded in statistics, I argue that its state-of-the-art implementation, suggested originally by Bryan, artificially restricts its solution space. This restriction leads to a systematic error often unaccounted for in contemporary MEM studies. The goal of this paper is to carefully revisit Bryan’s train of thought, point out its flaw in applying linear algebra arguments to an inherently nonlinear problem, and suggest possible ways to overcome it. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bayesian inference; inverse problems; maximum entropy method; Bayesian reconstruction method; singular value decomposition; systematic error Bayesian inference; inverse problems; maximum entropy method; Bayesian reconstruction method; singular value decomposition; systematic error
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Rothkopf, A. Bryan’s Maximum Entropy Method—Diagnosis of a Flawed Argument and Its Remedy. Data 2020, 5, 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/data5030085

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Rothkopf A. Bryan’s Maximum Entropy Method—Diagnosis of a Flawed Argument and Its Remedy. Data. 2020; 5(3):85. https://doi.org/10.3390/data5030085

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Rothkopf, Alexander. 2020. "Bryan’s Maximum Entropy Method—Diagnosis of a Flawed Argument and Its Remedy" Data 5, no. 3: 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/data5030085

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