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Maximum Entropy Distribution with Constrained Mean


This note presents the derivation of the maximum entropy distribution of a real variable on the unit segment, when its first moment is constrained. The functional form of the resulting distribution is an exponential with two Lagrange multipliers. We show that there is unique solution for those multipliers. However this solution has to be numerically approximated. As a special case, we find the uniform distribution when the constrained mean is centered.
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inria-00167289 , version 1 (17-08-2007)
inria-00167289 , version 2 (05-09-2007)


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Pierre Dangauthier. Maximum Entropy Distribution with Constrained Mean. 2007. ⟨inria-00167289v2⟩
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