# Questions tagged [kolmogorov-complexity]

The Kolmogorov complexity of a string s is equal to the length of the shortest program computing s and halting. Measures the lack of structure in a string.

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### Reference request on using Kolmogorov complexity to measure the simplicity of models

Have there been any serious attempts to use the notion of Kolmogorov complexity to measure the simplicity of models outside of theoretical CS? I mean models in the english sense - any logical set of ...
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### Given a program specification, S, what can be said about the size and efficiency of programs that exactly satsify S, with respect to the size of S?

Suppose we are given a program specification, $S$, and we want to reason about programs $P$ that satisfy $S$. One might like to think that if the specification is 'simple', the the program should be '...
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### Kolmogorov Complexity of a Decidable Language

The Kolmogorov Complexity (KC) of a string $y$ is the size of the smallest program $f$ and input $x$ that: $y = f(x)$. Let's define a variation of Kolmogorov's complexity$^1$. Suppose a decidable ...
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### existence & characterization of “kolmogorov efficient” programs

$\newcommand{\Prog}{\operatorname{Prog}}\newcommand{\kol}{\operatorname{kol}}$ Disclaimer: I do not have a formal background in algorithmic complexity theory so apologies if I use non-standard ...
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### Fast algorithms for evaluating functions with high Kolmogorov complexity

Motivation: I am motivated by a concrete example that occurs in neuroscience, dendritic computation, which may be approximated by functions computable on binary trees . To be more precise, I ...
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### Kolmogorov Complexity of the composition of two computable functions

Let's suppose we encode two computable functions $f$ and $g$ as binary strings so $f,g \in \{0,1\}^*$. What I am curious about is whether we can find good upper and lower bounds for: \begin{equation}...
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### Prime factorisation of decidable problems

Disclaimer: I am not a theoretical computer scientist. The set of decidable problems $\mathbb{D}$ is countable so $\lvert \mathbb{D} \rvert = \lvert \mathbb{N} \rvert$ and this led me to the ...
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### Definition of a prefix-free Turing machine

A prefix-free function is one whose domain is prefix-free. Similarly, a prefix-free (Turing) machine is one whose domain is prefix-free. It is usual to consider such a machine as being self-...
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### A question on the Kolmogorov Complexity of Human I/O behaviour

Note: From my Twitter poll I managed to get feedback from AI researchers and neuroscientists so far and I think it would be interesting to get input from theoretical computer scientists on this ...
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### How to improve this pseudorandom generator?

Let $f$ be a Boolean function and $\varepsilon > 0$. There exists a pseudorandom generator $G_f: \{0,1 \}^{n^{\varepsilon}} \to \{0,1 \}^n$ with the following property. Let $T$ be a set and $p(n)$...
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### Is a binary sequence computable iff the Kolmogorov complexity of its initial segments is bounded?

Disclaimer: I am mostly unfamiliar with theoretical computer science, making it hard for me to navigate literature in the field. I ask the following out of curiosity. Background/Motivation: Coming ...
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### Commonality of minimal Kolmogorov structure functions

A typical $B$ is difficult to define precisely. Intuitively, it is the sort of bitstring that will be generated most of the time by randomly drawing 0s and 1s. However, the concept can be clarified ...
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### Algorithmic mutual information between random string and minimal Kolmogorov sufficient statistic

Regarding notation in the following, the function $\ell(B)$ returns the length of bitstring $B$, and the cardinality of set $S$ is denoted by $|S|$. A bitstring $B$ is generated by drawing 0s and 1s ...
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### Number of circuits computing a given function

Let's say we have some function that can be computed by a minimal circuit of size $m$ (using some metric, say, the number of gates). Other than this minimal circuit, there will be many other circuits ...
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### Relation between different “complexity theories” and complex systems theory

I know of at least 4 fundamentally different uses of the term "complexity theory": the study of how hard a problem is to solve using some sort of computing machine (I am ignoring divisions within ...
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### What's the distribution of the Kolmogorov complexity of the elements in the set of bitstrings of length n?

take e.g. all possible bitstrings of length n=10,000. there are 2^10,000 of them. imagine that for each of those strings we knew the length of the shortest program that could produce the string. what ...
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### Parametrically-relaxed Kolmogorov complexity

Consider the following problem: Input: An integer $n$ and a subset $S \subseteq \{0...n-1\}$ in some representation. Output: The encoding of some kind of automaton (say, a Turing machine) which ...
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### Resource-bounded variant of Kolmogorov complexity

Consider the variant of Kolmogorov complexity, where the program is only allowed to use a bounded amount of resources. This more closely resembles the practical situation, where decompression needs ...