ICA 2007

ICA 2007
7th International Conference on
Independent Component Analysis
and Signal Separation

London, UK        9 - 12 September 2007

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Paper No: 55

Is the general form of Renyi's entropy a contrast for source separation?

Author(s): Frédéric Vrins, Dinh-Tuan Pham, Michel Verleysen


Renyi's entropy-based criterion has been proposed as an objective function for independent component analysis because of its relationship with Shannon's entropy and its computational advantages in specific cases. These criteria were suggested based on "convincing" experiments. However, there is no theoretical proof that globally maximizing those functions would lead to separate the sources; actually, this was implicitly conjectured. In this paper, the problem is tackled in a theoretical way; it is shown that globally maximizing the Renyi's entropy-based criterion, in its general form, does not necessarily provide the expected independent signals. The contrast function property of the corresponding criteria simultaneously depend on the value of the Renyi parameter, and on the (unknown) source densities.

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