Battle Strategy and Terrain Complexity (TERCOM)

Citing Wikipedia: “An advantage of terrain occurs when military personnel gain an advantage over an enemy utilizing, or simply in spite of, the terrain around them. The term does not exclusively apply to battles, and can be used more generally regarding entire campaigns or theaters of war. Mountains, for example, can block off certain areas, making it unnecessary to station troops within the…

Simplifying a Business is … Like Alchemy

Trying to simplify a business without being able to measure its complexity (simplicity) is like a doctor who proposes a weight loss diet but has no means of measuring the weight of his patients. If one has no complexity metric then we’re talking of subjective opinions, sensations, feelings, certainly not science. The silly images such…

Complexity-based Control of Dynamic Systems

Complexity-based control is possible because complexity can be measured in real-time using specifically developed hardware. The concept is illustrated below, whereby a QCM block is used to drive the complexity of a given system to desired levels. Because high complexity can lead to instability and fragility, the goal of QCM control is to drive complexity…

Complexity and Revisiting Anomaly Detection

Wikipedia: “In data mining, anomaly detection (also outlier detection) is the identification of rare items, events or observations which raise suspicions by differing significantly from the majority of the data. Typically the anomalous items will translate to some kind of problem such as bank fraud, a structural defect, medical problems or errors in a text.…

On the Extraordinary Importance of Complexity

Of all physical quantities, energy is probably the most important. Energy expresses the capacity of a body or a system to perform work. Nature works by using energy to transform matter. This is done via processes (physical, chemical, etc.). However, in order to realize these processes it is necessary to have information. Energy on its…

On the Complexity of Dynamics and the Dynamics of Complexity

When talking of derivatives and other sophisticated financial products, people often say that they are complex, that they have complex dynamics. But what does that really mean? When is dynamics complex? What does complex mean? A layman’s definition of complex is difficult to grasp, to understand, to control, to forecast. While mathematically speaking things a…