Maximum Entropy PDF Design Using Feature Density Constraints: Applications in Signal Processing

This paper revisits an existing method of constructing high-dimensional probability density functions (PDFs) based on the PDF at the output of a dimension-reducing feature transformation. We show how to modify the method so that it can provide the PDF with the highest entropy among all PDFs that generate the given low-dimensional PDF.

The method is completely general and applies to arbitrary feature transformations. The chain-rule is described for multi-stage feature calculations typically used insignal processing. Examples are given including MFCC and auto-regressive features. Experimental verification of the results using simulated data is provided including a comparison with competing generative methods.