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Entropy 2014, 16(8), 4489-4496;

Complexity and the Emergence of Physical Properties

Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficias, SADAF, CONICET, Bulnes 642, Buenos Aires 1428, Argentina
Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso, Subida Artillería 470, Valparaíso 2340000, Chile 
Received: 30 January 2014 / Revised: 28 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 11 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entropy Methods in Guided Self-Organization)
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Using the effective complexity measure, proposed by M. Gell-Mann and S. Lloyd, we give a quantitative definition of an emergent property. We use several previous results and properties of this particular information measure closely related to the random features of the entity and its regularities. View Full-Text
Keywords: effective complexity; emergence; Kolmogorov complexity; entropy effective complexity; emergence; Kolmogorov complexity; entropy
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Fuentes, M.A. Complexity and the Emergence of Physical Properties. Entropy 2014, 16, 4489-4496.

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