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Maximum entropy and moment problems.

C.-G. Ambrozie

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We study moment problems in which one searches for a probability density on ${\R}^n$ by using insufficient information given in an integral form. We characterize the existence of the representing densities for a finite multi--sequence of moments by the solvability of a concrete finite system of equations. Its solution provides the (unique) representing density of maximum entropy allowed by the given data, that turns out to be the exponential of a polynomial to be determined. For all densities of this form, the system to be solved can be taken linear to be provided sufficiently many moments are known.

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Real Anal. Exchange, Volume 29, Number 2 (2003), 607-629.

First available in Project Euclid: 7 June 2006

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Primary: 44A60: Moment problems 49J99: None of the above, but in this section

moment problem representing measure entropy


Ambrozie, C.-G. Maximum entropy and moment problems. Real Anal. Exchange 29 (2003), no. 2, 607--629.

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