Entropy of form and hierarchic organization
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The use of the Theory of Information as a mathematical tool for the understanding of complex systems allows the application of the MaxEnt Principle as a criterion for the prediction of the final stationary states. The processes of growth and differentiation are subject to a similar treatment by means of a new entropic magnitude. The iterative construction of fractals suggests a mathematical model of the hierarchic processes of growth and differentiation whose final stationary states are defined by the MaxEnt Principle. This can be interpreted in a more general context concerning the concept of Adaptation.
CitationWagensberg, J.; Pastor-Satorras, R. Entropy of form and hierarchic organization. A: "Maximum entropy and bayesian methods: Seattle, 1991". 1992, p. 141-151.