By Bradley Efron, R.J. Tibshirani

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13) θ∈Θ where the inequality follows because a sum is at least as large as each of its terms, and cθ = − log W (θ) depends on θ but not on n. Thus, P¯Bayes is a universal model or equivalently, the code with lengths − log P¯Bayes is a universal code. 5. Bayes is Better than Two-Part The Bayesian model is in a sense superior to the two-part code. Namely, in the two-part code we ﬁrst encode an element of M or its parameter set Θ using some code L0 . 14) 42 Minimum Description Length Tutorial where W depends on the speciﬁc code L0 that was used.

In the Markov chain example, we have B = B (k) where B (k) is the kth-order, 2k -parameter Markov model. Then within each submodel M(k) , we may use a ﬁxed-length code for θ ∈ Θ(k) . Since the set Θ(k) is typically a continuum, we somehow need to discretize it to achieve this. 8 (a Very Crude Code for the Markov Chains) We can describe a Markov chain of order k by ﬁrst describing k, and then describing a parameter vector θ ∈ [0, 1]k with k = 2k . 4). This takes 2 log k + 1 bits. We now have to describe the k -component parameter vector.

Indeed, as we show below, in general no code L n n ¯ n n that for all x ∈ X , L(x ) ≤ minL∈L L(x ): in words, there exists no code which, no matter what xn is, always mimics the best code for xn . 9 Suppose we think that our sequence can be reasonably well compressed by a code corresponding to some biased coin model. For simplicity, we restrict ourselves to a ﬁnite number of such models. Thus, let L = {L1 , . . 2 and so on. 9. Both L8 (xn ) and L9 (xn ) are linearly increasing in the number of 1s in xn .