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A Tutorial Introduction to the Minimum Description Length Principle
Peter Grünwald
In: Advances in Minimum Description Length: Theory and Applications (2005) MIT Press , Cambridge, MA, USA .


This tutorial provides an overview of and introduction to Rissanen's Minimum Description Length (MDL) Principle. The first chapter provides a conceptual, entirely non-technical introduction to the subject. It serves as a basis for the technical introduction given in the second chapter, in which all the ideas of the first chapter are made mathematically precise. The main ideas are discussed in great conceptual and technical detail.This tutorial will appear as the first two chapters in the collection {\em Advances in Minimum Description Length: Theory and Applications\/}, to be published by the MIT Press.

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Additional Information:An extensive and very readable introduction to the MDL Principle, written by an expert in the field.
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Subjects:Computational, Information-Theoretic Learning with Statistics
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:164
Deposited By:Peter Grünwald
Deposited On:03 June 2004