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Entropy 2008, 10(4), 391-410; doi:10.3390/e10040391

Configurational Information as Potentially Negative Entropy: The Triple Helix Model

Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Received: 15 August 2008 / Revised: 24 September 2008 / Accepted: 24 September 2008 / Published: 6 October 2008
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Configurational Entropy)
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Abstract

Configurational information is generated when three or more sources of variance interact. The variations not only disturb each other relationally, but by selecting upon each other, they are also positioned in a configuration. A configuration can be stabilized and/or globalized. Different stabilizations can be considered as second-order variation, and globalization as a second-order selection. The positive manifestations and the negative selections operate upon one another by adding and reducing uncertainty, respectively. Reduction of uncertainty in a configuration can be measured in bits of information. The variables can also be considered as dimensions of the probabilistic entropy in the system(s) under study. The configurational information then provides us with a measure of synergy within a complex system. For example, the knowledge base of an economy can be considered as such a synergy in the otherwise virtual (that is, fourth) dimension of a regime
Keywords: Information theory; probabilistic entropy; anticipation; triple helix; transmission; configuration; university-industry-government relations; scientometrics; emergence Information theory; probabilistic entropy; anticipation; triple helix; transmission; configuration; university-industry-government relations; scientometrics; emergence
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Leydesdorff, L. Configurational Information as Potentially Negative Entropy: The Triple Helix Model. Entropy 2008, 10, 391-410.

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