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Entropy 2018, 20(5), 368; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20050368

Writing, Proofreading and Editing in Information Theory

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Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia, C/Faraday 9, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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CNB-CSIC-IMDEA Nanociencia Associated Unit “Unidad de Nanobiotecnología”, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Received: 5 April 2018 / Revised: 4 May 2018 / Accepted: 12 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermodynamics of Information Processing)
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Abstract

Information is a physical entity amenable to be described by an abstract theory. The concepts associated with the creation and post-processing of the information have not, however, been mathematically established, despite being broadly used in many fields of knowledge. Here, inspired by how information is managed in biomolecular systems, we introduce writing, entailing any bit string generation, and revision, as comprising proofreading and editing, in information chains. Our formalism expands the thermodynamic analysis of stochastic chains made up of material subunits to abstract strings of symbols. We introduce a non-Markovian treatment of operational rules over the symbols of the chain that parallels the physical interactions responsible for memory effects in material chains. Our theory underlies any communication system, ranging from human languages and computer science to gene evolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermodynamics; stochastic; non-Markovian; memory; proofreading; editing; replication; transcription; translation thermodynamics; stochastic; non-Markovian; memory; proofreading; editing; replication; transcription; translation
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