Integrated information as a common signature of dynamical and information-processing complexity

Mediano, Pedro A M, Rosas, Fernando R, Farah, Juan C, Shanahan, Murray, Bor, Daniel and Barrett, Adam B (2022) Integrated information as a common signature of dynamical and information-processing complexity. Chaos, 32 (1). a013115 1-13. ISSN 1054-1500

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The apparent dichotomy between information-processing and dynamical approaches to complexity science forces researchers to choose between two diverging sets of tools and explanations, creating conflict and often hindering scientific progress. Nonetheless, given the shared theoretical goals between both approaches, it is reasonable to conjecture the existence of underlying common signatures that capture interesting behavior in both dynamical and information-processing systems. Here, we argue that a pragmatic use of integrated information theory (IIT), originally conceived in theoretical neuroscience, can provide a potential unifying framework to study complexity in general multivariate systems. By leveraging metrics put forward by the integrated information decomposition framework, our results reveal that integrated information can effectively capture surprisingly heterogeneous signatures of complexity-including metastability and criticality in networks of coupled oscillators as well as distributed computation and emergent stable particles in cellular automata-without relying on idiosyncratic, ad hoc criteria. These results show how an agnostic use of IIT can provide important steps toward bridging the gap between informational and dynamical approaches to complex systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cognition, Electronic Data Processing, Information Theory
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
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Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2023 11:14
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2023 11:15

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