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Agents, subsystems, and the conservation of information

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Dividing the world into subsystems is an important component of the scientific method. The choice of subsystems, however, is not defined a priori. Typically, it is dictated by experimental capabilities, which may be different for different agents. Here, we propose a way to define subsystems in general physical theories, including theories beyond quantum and classical mechanics. Our construction associates every agent A with a subsystem SA, equipped with its set of states and its set of transf...

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Peer reviewed
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10.3390/e20050358

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Computer Science
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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MDPI Publisher's website
Journal:
Entropy Journal website
Volume:
20
Issue:
5
Pages:
Article: 358
Publication date:
2018-05-10
Acceptance date:
2018-05-05
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ISSN:
1099-4300
Pubs id:
pubs:847148
URN:
uri:01420af8-763d-482e-8697-e17979988f84
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uuid:01420af8-763d-482e-8697-e17979988f84
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pubs:847148

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