International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 451–472 | Cite as

Bayesian approach to thermostatistics

  • B. H. Lavenda


Bayes' theorem is used to derive the dual of the Gibbs formulation of statistical thermodynamics. An asymptotic analysis is performed, akin to Khinchin's use of the central limit theorem, to determine approximate expressions for the moment-generating functions. The prior densities, which are determined by equating the maximum-likelihood estimates with the moment expressions in the asymptotic limit, satisfy Jeffreys' invariant properties of improper prior densities.


Field Theory Elementary Particle Quantum Field Theory Limit Theorem Central Limit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. H. Lavenda
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di CamerinoCamerinoItaly

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