Wednesday, 19 December 2012 at 4:26 pm

As the gap among various disciplines of science get shorter, researchers are starting to see that problems in one field can be answered in another. And these similar concepts are just presented in a different context. Information and complexity are not concepts exclusive to the fields of mathematics or engineering. 

Looking at the universe through the lense of information gives us another perspective of life. The data that makes up each of us is enormous. How would we even come up with the "data" that describes each of us? A recording of every atom in our body? (Star Trek transporters apparently can do this). However, all of the "data" that makes up us is algorithmically compressed into our DNA. If we take the universe as a giant computer (turing machine) and our DNA as the source code, we are the output. 

Geneticists are essentially studying how this compression algorithm works. This post will touch on how concepts of algorithmic complexity, data compression, and similarity distances can be applied to biological data.




  Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 12:31 pm

This will the last roundup this year. I'll be on break until next year.

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Programming




  Thursday, 06 December 2012 at 11:42 am

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