Entropy2015, 17(8), 5304-5332; doi:10.3390/e17085304 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: It is shown that nonlinear interactions between boundary layers on adjacent corner surfaces produce deterministic stream wise spiral structures. The synchronization properties of nonlinear spectral velocity equations of Lorenz form yield clearly defined deterministic spiral structures at several downstream stations. The computational procedure includes Burg’s method to obtain power spectral densities, yielding the available kinetic energy dissipation rates within the spiral structures. The singular value decomposition method is applied to the nonlinear time series solutions yielding empirical entropies, from which empirical entropic indices are then extracted. The intermittency exponents obtained from the entropic indices allow the computation of the entropy generation through the spiral structures to the final dissipation of the fluctuating kinetic energy into background thermal energy, resulting in an increase in the entropy. The entropy generation rates through the spiral structures are compared with the entropy generation rates within an empirical turbulent boundary layer at several stream wise stations.
Entropy2015, 17(8), 5288-5303; doi:10.3390/e17085288 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The standard 3 + 3 or “modified Fibonacci” up-and-down (MF-UD) method of dose escalation is by far the most used design in dose-finding cancer trials. However, MF-UD has always shown inferior performance when compared with its competitors regarding number of patients treated at optimal doses. A consequence of using less effective designs is that more patients are treated with doses outside the therapeutic window. In June 2012, the U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the proposal to use Escalation with Overdose Control (EWOC), an established dose-finding method which has been extensively used in FDA-approved first in human trials and imposed a variation of the MF-UD, known as accelerated titration (AT) design. This event motivated us to perform an extensive simulation study comparing the operating characteristics of AT and EWOC. We show that the AT design has poor operating characteristics relative to three versions of EWOC under several practical scenarios. From the clinical investigator’s perspective, lower bias and mean square error make EWOC designs preferable than AT designs without compromising safety. From a patient’s perspective, uniformly higher proportion of patients receiving doses within an optimal range of the true MTD makes EWOC designs preferable than AT designs.
Entropy2015, 17(8), 5274-5287; doi:10.3390/e17085274 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: During competition for resources in primitive networks increased fitness of an information variant does not necessarily equate with successful elimination of its competitors. If variability is added fast to a system, speedy replacement of pre-existing and less-efficient forms of order is required as novel information variants arrive. Otherwise, the information capacity of the system fills up with information variants (an effect referred as “error catastrophe”). As the cost for managing the system’s exceeding complexity increases, the correlation between performance capabilities of information variants and their competitive success decreases, and evolution of such systems toward increased efficiency slows down. This impasse impedes the understanding of evolution in prebiotic networks. We used the simulation platform Biotic Abstract Dual Automata (BiADA) to analyze how information variants compete in a resource-limited space. We analyzed the effect of energy-related features (differences in autocatalytic efficiency, energy cost of order, energy availability, transformation rates and stability of order) on this competition. We discuss circumstances and controllers allowing primitive networks acquire novel information with minimal “error catastrophe” risks. We present a primitive mechanism for maximization of energy flux in dynamic networks. This work helps evaluate controllers of evolution in prebiotic networks and other systems where information variants compete.
Entropy2015, 17(8), 5257-5273; doi:10.3390/e17085257 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: On the basis of analyzing high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system and its fault superimposed circuit, the direction of the fault components of the voltage and the current measured at one end of transmission line is certified to be different for internal faults and external faults. As an estimate of the differences between two signals, relative entropy is an effective parameter for recognizing transient signals in HVDC transmission lines. In this paper, the relative entropy of wavelet energy is applied to distinguish internal fault from external fault. For internal faults, the directions of fault components of voltage and current are opposite at the two ends of the transmission line, indicating a huge difference of wavelet energy relative entropy; for external faults, the directions are identical, indicating a small difference. The simulation results based on PSCAD/EMTDC show that the proposed pilot protection system acts accurately for faults under different conditions, and its performance is not affected by fault type, fault location, fault resistance and noise.
Entropy2015, 17(8), 5241-5256; doi:10.3390/e17085241 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to characterize the neural network reorganization during a cognitive task in schizophrenia (SCH) by means of wavelet entropy (WE). Previous studies suggest that the cognitive impairment in patients with SCH could be related to the disrupted integrative functions of neural circuits. Nevertheless, further characterization of this effect is needed, especially in the time-frequency domain. This characterization is sensitive to fast neuronal dynamics and their synchronization that may be an important component of distributed neuronal interactions; especially in light of the disconnection hypothesis for SCH and its electrophysiological correlates. In this work, the irregularity dynamics elicited by an auditory oddball paradigm were analyzed through synchronized-averaging (SA) and single-trial (ST) analyses. They provide complementary information on the spatial patterns involved in the neural network reorganization. Our results from 20 healthy controls and 20 SCH patients showed a WE decrease from baseline to response both in controls and SCH subjects. These changes were significantly more pronounced for healthy controls after ST analysis, mainly in central and frontopolar areas. On the other hand, SA analysis showed more widespread spatial differences than ST results. These findings suggest that the activation response is weakly phase-locked to stimulus onset in SCH and related to the default mode and salience networks. Furthermore, the less pronounced changes in WE from baseline to response for SCH patients suggest an impaired ability to reorganize neural dynamics during an oddball task.
Entropy2015, 17(8), 5218-5240; doi:10.3390/e17085218 - published 27 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The dynamics of brain area influenced by focal epilepsy can be studied using focal and non-focal electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. This paper presents a new method to detect focal and non-focal EEG signals based on an integrated index, termed the focal and non-focal index (FNFI), developed using discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and entropy features. The DWT decomposes the EEG signals up to six levels, and various entropy measures are computed from approximate and detail coefficients of sub-band signals. The computed entropy measures are average wavelet, permutation, fuzzy and phase entropies. The proposed FNFI developed using permutation, fuzzy and Shannon wavelet entropies is able to clearly discriminate focal and non-focal EEG signals using a single number. Furthermore, these entropy measures are ranked using different techniques, namely the Bhattacharyya space algorithm, Student’s t-test, the Wilcoxon test, the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) and entropy. These ranked features are fed to various classifiers, namely k-nearest neighbour (KNN), probabilistic neural network (PNN), fuzzy classifier and least squares support vector machine (LS-SVM), for automated classification of focal and non-focal EEG signals using the minimum number of features. The identification of the focal EEG signals can be helpful to locate the epileptogenic focus.