Annealing and the Rate Distortion Problem

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15 (NIPS 2002)

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Albert Parker, Tomá\v Gedeon, Alexander Dimitrov


In this paper we introduce methodology to determine the bifurcation structure of optima for a class of similar cost functions from Rate Distortion Theory, Determin- istic Annealing, Information Distortion and the Information Bottleneck Method. We also introduce a numerical algorithm which uses the explicit form of the bifur- cating branches to find optima at a bifurcation point.