Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
 Department of Mechanical Engineering
 6.050J / 2.110J     Information and Entropy     Spring 2007

Unit 8: Inference


Lecture Tuesday, Apr 3, 2007, 12:00 PM Room 2-105
Recitation Thursday, Apr 4, 2007, 12:00 PM Room 2-105
Quiz Thursday, Apr 19, 2007, 12:00 PM Room 2-105
Closed book except that one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch
paper, with notes on both sides, is allowed.
Coverage: through Unit 8

Lecture Handouts

Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick up a copy in Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J Web site

Reading Assignment



The person most responsible for use of maximum entropy principles in various fields of science is Edwin T. Jaynes (July 5, 1922 - April 30, 1998).


Jaynes knew, of course, about Thomas Bayes and when on sabbatical in England sought out and photographed the Bayes tombstone.


Help Wanted

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