Computational Techniques for Investigating Information Theoretic Limits of Information Systems Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Computer-aided methods, based on the entropic linear program framework, have been shown to be effective in assisting the study of information theoretic fundamental limits of information systems. One key element that significantly impacts their computation efficiency and applicability is the reduction of variables, based on problem-specific symmetry and dependence relations. In this work, we propose using the disjoint-set data structure to algorithmically identify the reduction mapping, instead of relying on exhaustive enumeration in the equivalence classification. Based on this reduced linear program, we consider four techniques to investigate the fundamental limits of information systems: (1) computing an outer bound for a given linear combination of information measures and providing the values of information measures at the optimal solution; (2) efficiently computing a polytope tradeoff outer bound between two information quantities; (3) producing a proof (as a weighted sum of known information inequalities) for a computed outer bound; and (4) providing the range for information quantities between which the optimal value does not change, i.e., sensitivity analysis. A toolbox, with an efficient JSON format input frontend, and either Gurobi or Cplex as the linear program solving engine, is implemented and open-sourced.

published proceedings

  • INFORMATION

author list (cited authors)

  • Tian, C., Plank, J. S., Hurst, B., & Zhou, R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Tian, Chao||Plank, James S||Hurst, Brent||Zhou, Ruida

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM