Exploratory Data Analysis Using Fisher Information

Editors: Frieden, Roy, Gatenby, Robert A. (Eds.)

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The basic goal of a research scientist is to understand a given, unknown system. This innovative book develops a systematic approach for achieving this goal. All science is ultimately dependent upon observation which, in turn, requires a flow of information. Fisher information, in particular, is found to provide the key to understanding the system. It is developed as a new tool of exploratory data analysis, and is applied to a wide scope of systems problems. These range from molecules in a gas to biological organisms in their ecologies, to the socio-economic organization of people in their societies, to the physical constants in the universe and, ultimately, to proto-universes in the multiverse.

Examples of system input-output laws discovered by the approach include the famous quarter-power laws of biology and the Tobin q-theory of optimized economic investment. System likelihood laws that can be determined include the probability density functions defining in situ cancer growth and a wide class of systems (thermodynamic, economic, cryptographic) obeying Schrodinger-like equations. Novel uncertainty principles in the fields of biology and economics are also found to hold.

B. Roy Frieden and Robert A. Gatenby are professors at the University of Arizona. Frieden is in the College of Optics, and Gatenby is Chairman of the Radiology Dept. at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Frieden has pioneered the use of information for developing image restoration approaches, and for understanding the physics of unknown systems, both nonliving and living. Gatenby has actively promoted the study of information as a determinant of healthy and malignant growth processes, and has developed integrated mathematical models and empirical techniques for this purpose.

About the authors

Professor Emeritus - B. Roy Frieden:

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona 1966-2002; books "Probability, Statistical Optics and Data Testing" (Springer-Verlag, 3rd ed., 2001), "Physics from Fisher Information" (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998), "Science from Fisher Information" (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004); inventor of principle of Extreme physical information (EPI)

Dr. Robert A. Gatenby:

BSE, Princeton Univ. MD, University of Pennsylvania.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Roy Frieden has been exploring the consequences of studying physical phenomena on the basis of Fisher information and extreme physical information … . therefore wish to emphasize that the truly original feature of this book … is precisely its broad coverage; its demonstration that such a simple principle, easily grasped, is capable of yielding valuable results in such a wide range of fields of enquiry. I found Frieden’s earlier books immensely original and intellectually thrilling and this one adds yet more weight to that opinion." (P. W. Hawkes, www.amazon.com, October, 2007)

"I personally have used and exploited the Fisher information theme in numerous papers related to quantum mechanics and relativity, in particular via relations of FI to the quantum potential. I would even say that this theme seems to have ‘cosmic significance’ and in the present arena of information technology, processing, retrieval, and distortion the book should be considered as must reading." (Robert Carroll, www.amazon.com, October, 2007)

"The book begins with an introduction by Frieden, which covers Fisher information and its uses when employing the EPI approach. … This fascinating book is well organized, written in a careful and systematic way, and contains much new material. It will be useful to those interested in information technology (IT), processing, retrieval, and distortion. It is an excellent source of information for the study and research of exploratory data analysis." (P. R. Parthasarathy, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (8), August, 2008)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to Fisher Information: Its Origin, Uses, and Predictions

    Frieden, B. Roy

    Pages 1-41

  • Financial Economics from Fisher Information

    Frieden, B. Roy (et al.)

    Pages 42-73

  • Growth Characteristics of Organisms

    Gatenby, Robert A. (et al.)

    Pages 74-118

  • Information and Thermal Physics

    Plastino, Angelo (et al.)

    Pages 119-154

  • Parallel Information Phenomena of Biology and Astrophysics

    Frieden, B.Roy (et al.)

    Pages 155-180

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploratory Data Analysis Using Fisher Information
Editors
  • Roy Frieden
  • Robert A. Gatenby
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-777-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84628-777-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84628-506-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84996-615-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 363
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations
Topics