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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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