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De-obfuscation of the term Entropy and its relevance to computing
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1.1 Entropy is Confused

Posted 01-19-2018 at 01:50 AM by Gyroman
Updated 01-19-2018 at 01:53 AM by Gyroman

{I should say I am taking the trouble of doing this because some highly competent and ethical people have set this up to help people like me who need it in the complex area of computer system management}

Having said that I think it appropriate to begin with the term used so casually above; 'COMPLEXITY'.. associated closely with entropy but even less understood..

To quote the Wikipedia.."there is no absolute definition of "complexity"... there is no agreement about the specific definition of complexity".. this is more of a problem than you may think!

Sir Isaac Newton begins the Pricipia with 8 definitions beginning with 'mass'..{The quantity of matter is the measure of the same, arising from its density and bulk conjointly} the important word here is "measure".. Measurement is impossible without a rigorous definition of units of measure. Computer systems require measurement in order to show improvement, something well known and understood by this community.

Ludwig Boltzmann gave 'complexity' its most fundamental, 'GENERAL' and most useful definition. It is a great shame most people think thermodynamics, (a bit like Linux), is beyond them and therefore not on their radar for serious consideration. But unlike 'Linux' which has supposedly 'simpler' alternatives thermodynamics does not have any alternatives and can be used and misused as a basis for a large number of fundamental ideas affecting education and science.

So what was Boltzmann's definition of complexity.. He actually put a scale on the axis of complexity.. and its simple..

COMPLEXITY = IMPROBABILITY
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