Measuring Complexity by Measuring Structure and Organization

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Gregory S. Hornby: Measuring Complexity by Measuring Structure and Organization. 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, pp. 2017-2024, IEEE Press, 25-28 September 2007.



Necessary for furthering the development of more powerful evolutionary design systems, capable of scaling to evolving more sophisticated and complex artifacts, is the ability to meaningfully and objectively compare these systems by applying complexity measures to the artifacts they evolve. Previously we have proposed measures of modularity, reuse and hierarchy (MR&H), here we compare these measures to ones from the fields of complexity, systems engineering and computer programming. In addition, we propose several ways of combining the MR&H measures into a single measure of structure and organization. We compare all of these measures empirically as well as on three sample objects and find that the best measures of complexity are two of the proposed measures of structure and organization.

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