From: Lee Corbin (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Mar 21 2008 - 06:17:54 MDT
> Lee wrote:
> > What do you think of pushing that idea for 2D patterns on a Life Board?
> > (Easy, I would suppose.) What about for two grains of salt? Think that
> > it can consistently and advisably be stated also in terms of Komolgorov
> > complexity? What about large 3D or 4D objects in general?
> The string based similarity measure works to the extent that you believe the
> object is completely described by its bit-encoding. For any object that is
> "purely" informational it should work rather well.
Like radio waves 3D objects?
> Indeed there is a growing body of research on the subject of using
> compression programs to measure the similarity of things like musical
> scores and genomes. Do a scholar.google search on "clustering
> compression" or look at Paul Vitanyi's home page.
Thanks, I will.
> Of course, the main downfall of the method is approximating the
> Kolmogorov complexity. Nobody really knows how to do this well.
> However, if great advances are made in the future, it may become
> possible to make real scientific statements along the lines of "Mozart's
> music is more similar to Picasso's art than to Monet's".
We can always look forward to discovering more about reality,
and the reality of one thing or another.
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