Surprising preference for simplicity found in common model

13 March 2018

Researchers have discovered that input-output maps, which are widely used throughout science and engineering to model systems ranging from physics to finance, are strongly biased toward producing simple outputs. The results are surprising, as naïvely there is no reason to suspect that one output should be more likely than any other.

The researchers, Ard A. Louis, Chico Q. Camargo, and Kamaludin Dingle, at the University of Oxford and at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, have published a paper on their results in a recent issue of Nature Communications.

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