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I find this discussion very doctrinaire and probably incomprehensible to most mathematicians for lack of context; maybe I'll do some more substantive editing later. Michael Hardy 17:46 Mar 30, 2003

Doctrinaire - a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality. Online dictionary definition (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=doctrinaire). Hey, I just tried to describe what it is - whether or not it's valid is an issue that requires its own subsection. Since most of what I've read on the subject of the validity of PME was written by its proponents, I have the information to give only one side of the story (from as N a POV as I can manage).Cyan 07:37 Apr 1, 2003 (UTC)

I don't claim to be a mathematician, and yet with a few terms of calculus and discrete math under my belt I find this presentation to be very accessible. I don't see how it can be made any more accessible without sacrificing content. I learned a few new things from this page (ie proving that ME solution is also ML solution) that I haven't come across when browsing papers on maxent.

I have some knowledge on how the algorithms that approximate maximum entropy solution work (the GIS and the IIS), if there's demand for it, perhaps I should post some info? yaroslavvb Jun 3, 2003 (PST)

Absolutely. But the PME page is already rather long. I suggest you create a new page (or pages) for these algorithms, and provide links to and from the PME page. Cyan 04:35 5 Jun 2003 (UTC)

<Mild chagrin> See also the second rule 25 on Wikipedia Anti-Rules (http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Anti-rules). Cyan 21:53 Apr 3, 2003 (UTC)

What I meant by "doctrinaire" is that it imitates closely the language of Edwin Jaynes and may be incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with Jaynes' writings. One of these days I'll edit this article, but for the Time Being I have other obligations. Michael Hardy 01:36 Apr 4, 2003 (UTC)



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