Thursday, June 13, 2013

1306.2756 (Sosuke Ito et al.)

Information Thermodynamics on Causal Networks    [PDF]

Sosuke Ito, Takahiro Sagawa
We study nonequilibrium thermodynamics of complex information flows induced by interactions between multiple fluctuating systems. Characterizing nonequilibrium dynamics by causal networks (i.e. Bayesian networks), we obtain novel generalizations of the second law of thermodynamics and the fluctuation theorem, which include an informatic quantity characterized by the topology of the causal network. Our result implies that the entropy production in a single system in the presence of multiple other systems is bounded by the information flows between these systems. We demonstrate our general result by a simple model of biochemical adaptation.
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