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SubjectRe: [PATCH] (0/4) Entropy accounting fixes
| From: Oliver Xymoron <oxymoron@waste.org>
| Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 12:22:16 -0500

| On Tue, Aug 20, 2002 at 07:19:26PM +0300, Tommi Kyntola wrote:

| > Does strict gamma assumption
| > really lead to so strict figures as you showed in your patch :
| > static int benford[16]={0,0,0,1,2,3,4,5,5,6,7,7,8,9,9,10};
| >
| > Numbers below 0..7, don't have a single bit of entropy?
|
| They have fractional bits of entropy.

If entropy is added in such small amounts, should the entropy counter
be denominated in, say, 1/4 bits? Would this allow the entropy
estimate to safely grow significantly faster? Are the estimates
accurate enough to justify such precision?

Hugh Redelmeier
hugh@mimosa.com voice: +1 416 482-8253

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