The information theory based on probability concept was developed for application in communication engineering. This theory utilizes the concept of “entropy,” a measure of uncertainty. The errors existing in the output of a path-generating linkage and desired path can be taken as random variables. The entropy function is formulated in terms of design parameters. Minimization of maximum entropy leads to the synthesis of a path-generating mechanism. Optimum allocation of tolerances on link lengths is also carried out.
Synthesis of Path-Generating Mechanisms and Tolerance Allocation Using Information Theory
Sukhija, R. P., and Rao, A. C. (September 1, 1987). "Synthesis of Path-Generating Mechanisms and Tolerance Allocation Using Information Theory." ASME. J. Mech., Trans., and Automation. September 1987; 109(3): 366–371. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3258804
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