# Gibbs algorithm

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## English[edit]

### Etymology[edit]

Named after Josiah Willard Gibbs, who introduced it in 1902.

### Proper noun[edit]

- (statistical mechanics) A criterion for choosing a probability distribution for the statistical ensemble of microstates of a thermodynamic system by minimizing the average log probability , subject to the probability distribution
*p*satisfying a set of constraints (usually expectation values) corresponding to the known macroscopic quantities._{i}