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Information Entropy As a Basic Building Block of Complexity Theory
School of Mechanical Engineering and China-Asean Research Institute, Guangxi University,100 Daxue Road, Nanning 530005, China
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Management School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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Received: 27 June 2013; in revised form: 12 August 2013 / Accepted: 12 August 2013 / Published: 29 August 2013
Abstract: What is information? What role does information entropy play in this information exploding age, especially in understanding emergent behaviors of complex systems? To answer these questions, we discuss the origin of information entropy, the difference between information entropy and thermodynamic entropy, the role of information entropy in complexity theories, including chaos theory and fractal theory, and speculate new fields in which information entropy may play important roles.
Keywords: information entropy; thermodynamic entropy; emergence; chaos; fractal; complexity theory; multiscale analysis
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Gao, J.; Liu, F.; Zhang, J.; Hu, J.; Cao, Y. Information Entropy As a Basic Building Block of Complexity Theory. Entropy 2013, 15, 3396-3418.
Gao J, Liu F, Zhang J, Hu J, Cao Y. Information Entropy As a Basic Building Block of Complexity Theory. Entropy. 2013; 15(9):3396-3418.
Gao, Jianbo; Liu, Feiyan; Zhang, Jianfang; Hu, Jing; Cao, Yinhe. 2013. "Information Entropy As a Basic Building Block of Complexity Theory." Entropy 15, no. 9: 3396-3418.