Estimating Transfer Entropy via Copula Entropy

10 Oct 2019  ·  Jian Ma ·

Causal discovery is a fundamental problem in statistics and has wide applications in different fields. Transfer Entropy (TE) is a important notion defined for measuring causality, which is essentially conditional Mutual Information (MI). Copula Entropy (CE) is a theory on measurement of statistical independence and is equivalent to MI. In this paper, we prove that TE can be represented with only CE and then propose a non-parametric method for estimating TE via CE. The proposed method was applied to analyze the Beijing PM2.5 data in the experiments. Experimental results show that the proposed method can infer causality relationships from data effectively and hence help to understand the data better.

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