The Maximum-Entropy Method in Small-Angle Scattering

  • Steen Hansen
  • Jürgen J. Müller
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 70)


The Maximum-Entropy method is applied to the determination of the distance distribution function in small-angle scattering. Alternative methods for this purpose suffer from problems caused by their ad hoc nature, but the Maximum-Entropy method has a well established theoretical foundation offering several advantages. Examples are given using simulated as well as experimental data. It is demonstrated that the “best” (most likely) choice of parameters as e.g. the noise level, the model or the regularisation method in general can be found from the evidence in a Bayesian framework.


Maximum Entropy Bayesian Method Smoothness Constraint Scatter Length Density Maxent Estimate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steen Hansen
    • 1
  • Jürgen J. Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and PhysicsRoyal Veterinary and Agricultural UniversityFRB CDenmark
  2. 2.Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular MedicineBerlinGermany

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