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I'm sure there are lots of way to define complexity in different

  1. Sep 25, 2007 #1
    I'm sure there are lots of way to define complexity in different contexts. Some that I've heard of include:

    -Minimum description length / Kolmogorov complexity
    -time complexity - number of steps to compute
    -parameter complexity - number of parameters needed to specify a model.

    There are probably many more... Particularly, there must be some interesting information theoretic ways to talk about this. Does anyone here know about this?
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  4. Sep 25, 2007 #3
    I think ideal compression is the most useful definition. In ideal compression, you aren't dependent on the richness/versatility of the language used to describe the process. It should be noted, also, that there is a difference in compressing a sample of the output of a process, and encoding the process, itself.
  5. Sep 25, 2007 #4


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    Other than space complexity (what is the minimum amount of space needed to computer the answer, not including the input itself) I can't think of anything.

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