ICCS2004 Application Submission/Review

Abstract for
"Net surprisals ala Tribus: correlations from reversible thermalization"


The Bayesian vision of net surprisals underlying the connection between energy and information, put forward by Myron Tribus four decades ago, has new life today. One example is widespread application of mutual information to the study of correlated codes, quantum computing, and nonlinear dynamics. We show here that net surprisals can also help students quantify finite departures from the ambient in second law terms, and offer a framework for tracking hierarchical correlations in complex systems (along with the replicable codes used to nurture those correlations).