Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2016

Unit 9: Maximum Entropy


Lecture Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016, 1:00 PM Room 1-136
Recitation Thursday, Apr 7, 2016, 1:00 PM Room 1-136
Quiz   Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016, 1:00 PM Room 1-136
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 them up 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:



Help Wanted

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