kullback_leibler_divergence {abdiv}R Documentation

Kullback-Leibler divergence


Kullback-Leibler divergence


kullback_leibler_divergence(x, y)


x, y

Numeric vectors representing probabilities


Kullback-Leibler divergence is a non-symmetric measure of difference between two probability vectors. In general, KL(x, y) is not equal to KL(y, x).

Because this measure is defined for probabilities, the vectors x and y are normalized in the function so they sum to 1.


The Kullback-Leibler divergence between x and y. We adopt the following conventions if elements of x or y are zero: 0 \log (0 / y_i) = 0, 0 \log (0 / 0) = 0, and x_i \log (x_i / 0) = ∞. As a result, if elements of x are zero, they do not contribute to the sum. If elements of y are zero where x is nonzero, the result will be Inf. If either x or y sum to zero, we are not able to compute the proportions, and we return NaN.

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