Erasure Entropies and Gibbs Measures

E.A. Verbitskiy, A.C.D. van Enter

2010, v.16, №1, 3-14


Recently Verdu and Weissman introduced erasure entropies, which are meant to measure the information carried by one or more symbols given all of the remaining symbols in the realization of a random process or field. A natural relation to Gibbs measures has also been observed. In this short note we study this relation further, review a few earlier contributions from statistical mechanics, and provide the formula for the erasure entropy of a Gibbs measure in terms of the corresponding potential. For some 2-dimensional Ising models, for which Verdu and Weissman suggested a numerical procedure, we show how to obtain an exact formula for the erasure entropy.

Keywords: erasure entropy,Gibbs measures,solvable Ising models,conditional entropy


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