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Other forms are also commonly used, e. j2 )/n. In the general case the sample has d features of interest, with the ith feature having categories 0, 1, . . , ri . The d-tuples ω = (j1 , . . , jd ) are called cells; the corresponding cell count x(ω) is the number of members of the sample such that, for each i, the ith feature is in the ji th category. The collection of possible cells will be denoted by Ω. The empirical distribution is defined by pˆ(ω) = x(ω)/n, where n = ω x(ω) is the sample size.

Here a Q(a) function g defined by g(a) product, and that equals a (P (a) − Q(a)) = 0 a (P (a) − Q(a))fi (a) a P (a)fi (a), 1 ≤ i ≤ |A| − 1, < g, f0 >Q = < g, fi >Q = = the latter since < f0 , fi >Q = 0 means that a Q(a)fi (a) = 0. 3) then obviously follows if some P ∈ L(α) satisfies a P (a)fi (a) = 0, k + 1 ≤ i ≤ |A| − 1. Finally, the assumed orthonormality of 1, f1 , . . , f|A|−1 implies that P defined by P (a) = Q(a)(1 + ki=1 αi fi (a)) satisfies the last conditions, and this P is a distribution in L(α) provided it is nonnegative, which is certainly the case if α is sufficiently close to the zero vector.

Df (P Q) ≥ 0 and if f is strictly convex at t = 1 then Df (P Q) = 0 only when P = Q. Further, Df (P Q) is a convex function of the pair (P, Q), and the lumping property, Df (P Q) ≥ Df (P B QB ) holds for any partition B of A. Proof. 1). To prove convexity, let P = αP1 + (1 − α)P2 , Q = αQ1 + (1 − α)Q2 . Then P and Q are lumpings of distributions P and Q defined on the set A × {1, 2} by P (a, 1) = αP1 (a), P (a, 2) = (1 − α)P2 (a), and similarly for Q. Hence by the lumping property, Df (P Q) ≤ Df (P ||Q) = αDf (P1 ||Q1 ) + (1 − α)Df (P2 ||Q2 ).