Generalized entropies and asymptotic complexities of languages

Yuri Kalnishkan, Michael V. Vyugin, Vladimir Vovk

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The talk explores connections between asymptotic complexity and generalised entropy. Asymptotic complexity of a language (a language is a set of finite or infinite strings) is a way of formalising the complexity of predicting the next element in a sequence: it is the loss per element of a strategy asymptotically optimal for that language. Generalised entropy extends Shannon entropy to arbitrary loss functions; it is the optimal expected loss given a distribution on possible outcomes. It turns out that the set of tuples of asymptotic complexities of a language w.r.t. different loss functions can be described by means of generalised entropies corresponding to the loss functions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Information-Theoretic Methods in Science and Engineering
EditorsSteven de Rooij, Wojciech Kotlowski, Jorma Rissanen, Petri Millimaki, Teemu Roos , Kenji Yamanishi
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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