# Motivation for maximum Renyi/Tsallis entropy

The Conditional limit theorem of Van Campenhout and Cover gives a physical reason for maximizing (Shannon) entropy. Nowadays, in statistical mechanics, people talk about maximum Renyi/Tsallis entropy distributions. Is it just because these distributions are heavy tailed?

Is there any motivation (or physical significance) for maximizing Renyi/Tsallis entropies?

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John C. Baez wrote a paper (arXiv:1102.2098), stating that the Rényi entropy $H_\beta$ is proportinal to the free energy at temperature defined by $\beta=T_0/T$. This paper is nicely explained on his blog.
The free energy of a system kept at a constant volume and temperature is minimal, and this corresponds, when $T>T_0$ to a maximum Rényi entropy $H_{T/T_0}$.