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The moment-entropy inequality shows that a continuous random variable with given second moment and maximal Shannon entropy must be Gaussian. Stam’s inequality shows that a continuous random variable with given Fisher information and minimal Shannon entropy must also be Gaussian. The CramérRao inequality is a direct consequence of these two inequalities. In(More)
Affine isoperimetric inequalities compare functionals, associated with convex (or more general) bodies, whose ratios are invariant under GL(n)-transformations of the bodies. These isoperimetric inequalities are more powerful than their better-known relatives of a Euclidean flavor. To be a bit more specific, this article deals with inequalities for centroid(More)
The pth moment matrix is defined for a real random vector, generalizing the classical covariance matrix. Sharp inequalities relating the pth moment and Renyi entropy are established, generalizing the classical inequality relating the second moment and the Shannon entropy. The extremal distributions for these inequalities are completely characterized
We explain how the classical notions of Fisher information of a random variable and Fisher information matrix of a random vector can be extended to a much broader setting. We also show that Stam's inequality for Fisher information and Shannon entropy, as well as the more generalized versions proved earlier by the authors, are all special cases of more(More)
We show that for a special class of probability distributions that we call contoured distributions, information theoretic invariants and inequalities are equivalent to geometric invariants and inequalities of bodies in Euclidean space associated with the distributions. Using this, we obtain characterizations of contoured distributions with extremal Shannon(More)
The dominant consideration in the valuation of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) is modeling the prepayments of the pool of underlying mortgages. Current industry practice is to use historical data to project future prepayments. In this paper we introduce a new approach and show how it can be used to value both pools of mortgages and mortgage-backed(More)