On the maximum entropy and the problem of moments: an application to stellar kinematics
Document typeExternal research report
Rights accessOpen Access
The maximum entropy approach is used to solve the classical moment problem of stellar kinematics. If an extended set of moments is available, the current method provides a linear estimation algorithm, which is given by a Gramian system of equations, that leads to a fast and suitable estimation of the velocity distribution. In particular, it can be used as an alternative approach for modelling multimodal distributions that can not be described through gaussian mixtures.