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An entropy inequality for the bi-multivariate hypergeometric distribution

Authors: Fred Kochman, Alan Murray and Douglas B. West
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 107 (1989), 479-485
MSC: Primary 60E05; Secondary 94A17
MathSciNet review: 979050
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Abstract: Given parameters $ \bar r = {r_1}, \ldots ,{r_m}$ and $ \bar c = {c_1}, \ldots ,{c_n}$ with $ \sum {{r_i}} = \sum {{c_j}} = N$, the bi-multivariate hypergeometric distribution is the distribution on nonnegative integer $ m \times n$ matrices with row sums $ \bar r$ and column sums $ \bar c$ defined by $ {\text{Prob}}\left( A \right) = \prod {{r_i}} !\prod {{c_j}} ! / \left( {N!\prod {{a_{ij}}!} } \right)$. It is shown that the entropy of this distribution is a Schur-concave function of the block-size parameters.

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