Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2009

Unit 9: Maximum Entropy


Lecture Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009, 1:00 PM Room 36-153
Recitation Thursday, Apr 9, 2009, 1:00 PM Room 36-153
Quiz Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009, 1:00 PM Room 36-153
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). The seminal papers are:



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