summ_entropy() computes entropy of single distribution while summ_entropy2() - for a pair of distributions. For "discrete" pdqr-functions a classic formula -sum(p * log(p)) (in nats) is used. In "continuous" case a differential entropy is computed.


summ_entropy2(f, g, method = "relative", clip = exp(-20))



A pdqr-function representing distribution.


A pdqr-function. Should be the same type as f.


Entropy method for pair of distributions. One of "relative" (Kullback–Leibler divergence) or "cross" (for cross-entropy).


Value to be used instead of 0 during log() computation. -log(clip) represents the maximum value of output entropy.


A single number representing entropy. If clip is strictly positive, then it will be finite.


Note that due to pdqr approximation error there can be a rather big error in entropy estimation in case original density goes to infinity.

See also


d_norm <- as_d(dnorm) d_norm_2 <- as_d(dnorm, mean = 2, sd = 0.5) summ_entropy(d_norm)
#> [1] 1.418913
summ_entropy2(d_norm, d_norm_2)
#> [1] 9.006174
summ_entropy2(d_norm, d_norm_2, method = "cross")
#> [1] 10.42509
# Increasing `clip` leads to decreasing maximum output value d_1 <- new_d(1:10, "discrete") d_2 <- new_d(20:21, "discrete") # Formally, output isn't clearly defined because functions don't have the # same support. Direct use of entropy formulas gives infinity output, but # here maximum value is `-log(clip)`. summ_entropy2(d_1, d_2, method = "cross")
#> [1] 20
summ_entropy2(d_1, d_2, method = "cross", clip = exp(-10))
#> [1] 10
summ_entropy2(d_1, d_2, method = "cross", clip = 0)
#> [1] Inf