Special Issue "Entropy and Complexity of Data"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Prof. Dr. Alexander N. Gorban
Discovery of interesting knowledge from complex databases is one of the most important applied problems and theoretical challenges in data science and technology. Many approaches to the notions of “interestingness” and “complexity” have been proposed during the last three decades. Nevertheless, we have to return to these topics again and again, because no satisfactory general theory which meets all of the challenges exists. We need to evaluate the complexity of high dimensional and large datasets and reveal what interesting knowledge exists inside.
Many of the approaches to interestingness and complexity are based on entropy and related notions. The modern development of the theory of measure concentration effects in high dimensions bring new light and new challenges: Essentially multidimensional datasets are boring from most of points of view and the discovery of reliable and interesting knowledge from them becomes a very difficult task.
Dimensionality reduction is a fundamental part of complexity analysis and facilitates the extraction of interesting and new information. Two limit cases have been studied in some depth: (i) reducible complexity which allows for the extraction of non-trivial, low-dimensional structures, and (ii) the self-averaging complexity which becomes simple analysis of multidimensional spheres and normal distributions. The no-man’s land between these extremes may well be very important in the development of complex artificial intelligence (AI) and in the study of real and artificial neural nets.
We invite papers on entropic methods in the analysis of the complexity of high-dimensional data and the extraction interesting knowledge from them. Related topics from the theory and methods of AI, neural networks and mathematical neurosciences are also welcome. We also encourage contributions that aim at exploring the connections of the measure concentration theory with complexity of high dimension data, knowledge interestingness, curse and blessing of dimensionality.
Prof. Dr. Alexander N. Gorban
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