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Topical Collection "Wavelets, Fractals and Information Theory"

A topical collection in Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This collection belongs to the section "Multidisciplinary Applications".


Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlo Cattani

Engineering School (DEIM) University of Tuscia, 01100 Largo dell'Università, Viterbo, Italy
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Interests: wavelets; fractals; fractional calculus; dynamical systems; data analysis; time series analysis; approximation; image analysis; computer science; computational methods; nonlinear waves

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wavelet analysis and fractals are playing fundamental roles in science, engineering applications, and information theory. Wavelets and fractals are the most suitable methods for the analysis of complex systems, localized phenomena, singular solutions, non-differentiable functions, and, in general, nonlinear problems. Nonlinearity and non-regularity usually characterize the complexity of a problem; they are thus the most-studied features in order to approach a solution to complex problems. Wavelets, fractals, and fractional calculus might also help to improve the analysis of the entropy and complexity of a system.

In information theory, entropy encoding might be considered a sort of compression in a quantization process, and this can be further investigated using wavelet compression. There are many types of definition of entropy that are very useful in the engineering and applied sciences, such as Shannon–Fano entropy, Kolmogorov entropy, etc. However, only entropy encoding is optimal for the complexity of large data analysis, such as in data storage. In fact, the principal advantage of modelling a complex system via wavelet analysis is the minimization of the memory space for storage or transmission. Moreover, this kind of approach reveals some new aspects and promising perspectives for many other kinds of applied and theoretical problems. For instance, in engineering applications, the best way to model traffic in wireless communications is based on fractal geometry, whereas the data are efficiently studied on a wavelet basis.

This Topical Collection will also be an opportunity to extend the research fields of image processing, differential/integral equations, number theory and special functions, image segmentation, the sparse component analysis approach, generalized multiresolution analysis, and entropy as a measure of all aspects of the theoretical and practical studies of mathematics, physics, and engineering.

The main topics of this Topical Collection include (but are not limited to):

  • Entropy encoding, wavelet compression, and information theory
  • Fractals, non-differentiable functions; Theoretical and applied analytical problems of fractal type, fractional equations
  • Fractals, entropy and complexity
  • Fractals, wavelets, fractional methods in the stochastic process, stochastic equations
  • Fractal and wavelet solutions of fractional differential equations
  • Wavelet analysis, integral transforms and applications
  • Wavelets, fractals and fractional methods in fault diagnosis, in signal analysis, in nonlinear time series
  • Wavelet-fractal entropy encoding and computational mathematics in data analysis and time series, including in image analysis
  • Wavelet–fractal approach
  • Fractional nonlinear equations
  • Chaotic dynamics
  • Artifical neural networks.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Cattani
Guest Editor

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  • Fractal
  • Fractional
  • Wavelet
  • Entropy
  • Nonlinear time series
  • Data analysis
  • Image Analysis
  • Dynamical System
  • Chaos
  • Differential Operators

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Published Papers

This collection is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative title: Fundamental Morphodynamics in Fractal Growth
Authors: J.R. Nicolás-Carlock (1), J.M. Solano-Altamirano (2), and J.L. Carrillo-Estrada (3)
Affiliation: (1) Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México, México; (2) Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, México; (3) Instituto de Física, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, México.
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