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Min Chen, J. Michael Dunn, Amos Golan, and Aman Ullah

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190636685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190636685.001.0001

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Inferring the Logic of Collective Information Processors

Inferring the Logic of Collective Information Processors

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Advances in Info-Metrics

Bryan C. Daniels

Oxford University Press

From neurons to insects to societies, across biology we see impressive feats of collective information processing. What strategies do these systems use to perform useful computations? Moving toward an answer to this question, this chapter focuses on common challenges in inferring models of complicated distributed systems and how the perspective of information theory and statistical physics is useful for understanding collective behavior.

Keywords:   collective behavior, collective computation, systems biology, model inference, maximum entropy models, sloppy models, phase transitions, dimensionality reduction, model reduction

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