Preprint 43/2018

Towards a Canonical Divergence within Information Geometry

Domenico Felice and Nihat Ay

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Submission date: 27. Jun. 2018
Pages: 51
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In Riemannian Geometry geodesics are integral curves of the gradient of Riemannian distance. We extend this classical result to the framework of Information Geometry. In particular, we prove that the rays of level-sets defined by a pseudo-distance are generated by the sum of two tangent vectors. By relying on these vectors, we propose a novel definition of divergence and its dual function. We prove that the new divergence defines a dual structure (g,,) of a statistical manifold M. Additionally, we show that this divergence reduces to the canonical divergence proposed by Ay and Amari in the case of: (a) self-duality, (b) dual flatness, (c) statistical geometric analogue of the concept of symmetric spaces in Riemannian Geometry. The case (c) leads to a further comparison of the novel divergence with the one introduced by Henmi and Kobayashi.

30.06.2018, 00:13