BIT Numerical Mathematics

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 30–52 | Cite as

Estimation of a non-negative function

  • F. M. Larkin


It is pointed out that the problem of estimating a function from the values of a finite number of functionals is often posed, at least partially, as an aesthetic problem rather than as a mathematical one.

A particular problem of interpretation of experimental results, arising in the study of radiation source distribution in a plasma, is formulated mathematically in two different ways. Although the two formulations are different in character, they both rely on the idea of imposing a relative likelihood distribution on an appropriate function space; this is particularly fruitful when observational errors are taken into account.


Radiation Computational Mathematic Finite Number Function Space Radiation Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. M. Larkin
    • 1
  1. 1.United Kingdom Atomic Energy AuthorityThe Culham LaboratoryCulham, AbingdonEngland

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