Information Complexity of Online Problems

  • Juraj Hromkovič
  • Rastislav Královič
  • Richard Královič
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6281)

Abstract

What is information? Frequently spoken about in many contexts, yet nobody has ever been able to define it with mathematical rigor. The best we are left with so far is the concept of entropy by Shannon, and the concept of information content of binary strings by Chaitin and Kolmogorov. While these are doubtlessly great research instruments, they are hardly helpful in measuring the amount of information contained in particular objects. In a pursuit to overcome these limitations, we propose the notion of information content of algorithmic problems. We discuss our approaches and their possible usefulness in understanding the basic concepts of informatics, namely the concept of algorithms and the concept of computational complexity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juraj Hromkovič
    • 1
  • Rastislav Královič
    • 2
  • Richard Královič
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceETH ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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