Conservation of Information: Software’sHidden Clockwork?

  title={Conservation of Information: Software’sHidden Clockwork?},
  author={Les Hatton},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering},
In this paper it is proposed that the Conservation of Hartley-Shannon Information (hereafter contracted to H-S Information) plays the same role in discrete systems as the Conservation of Energy does in physical systems. In particular, using a variational approach, it is shown that the symmetry of scale-invariance, power-laws and the Conservation of H-S Information are intimately related and lead to the prediction that the component sizes of any software system assembled from components made… CONTINUE READING


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