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An inequality for rational functions with applications to some statistical estimation problems

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4 Author(s)
P. S. Gopalakrishnan ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; D. Kanevsky ; A. Nadas ; D. Nahamoo

The well-known Baum-Eagon inequality (1967) provides an effective iterative scheme for finding a local maximum for homogeneous polynomials with positive coefficients over a domain of probability values. However, in many applications the goal is to maximize a general rational function. In view of this, the Baum-Eagon inequality is extended to rational functions. Some of the applications of this inequality to statistical estimation problems are briefly described

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IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 1 )