Wholes and parts in general systems methodology

In G. P. Wagner (ed.), The Character Concept in Evolutionary Biology. Academic Press. pp. 237--56 (2001)

Martin Zwick
Portland State University
Reconstructability analysis (RA) decomposes wholes, namely data in the form either of set theoretic relations or multivariate probability distributions, into parts, namely relations or distributions involving subsets of variables. Data is modeled and compressed by variable-based decomposition, by more general state-based decomposition, or by the use of latent variables. Models, which specify the interdependencies among the variables, are selected to minimize error and complexity.
Keywords wholes & parts  system theory  structure  reconstructability analysis  information theory  information theory  multivariate models  constraint  complexity  relation
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