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Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020319
Communication between cells enables the coordination that drives structural and functional complexity in biological systems. Both single and multicellular organisms have evolved diverse communication systems for a range of purposes, including synchronization of behavior, division of labor, and spatial organization. Synthetic systems are also increasingly being engineered to utilize cell–cell communication. While research has elucidated the form and function of cell–cell communication in many biological systems, our knowledge is still limited by the confounding effects of other biological phenomena at play and the bias of the evolutionary background. In this work, our goal is to push forward the context-free understanding of what impact cell–cell communication can have on cellular and population behavior to more fully understand the extent to which cell–cell communication systems can be utilized, modified, and engineered. We use an in silico model of 3D multiscale cellular populations, with dynamic intracellular networks interacting via diffusible signals. We focus on two key communication parameters: the effective interaction distance at which cells are able to interact and the receptor activation threshold. We found that cell–cell communication can be divided into six different forms along the parameter axes, three asocial and three social. We also show that cellular behavior, tissue composition, and tissue diversity are all highly sensitive to both the general form and specific parameters of communication even when the cellular network has not been biased towards that behavior.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020318
Automatic modulation classification (AMC) is an important method for monitoring and identifying any underwater communication interference. Since the underwater acoustic communication scenario is full of multi-path fading and ocean ambient noise (OAN), coupled with the application of modern communication technology, which is usually susceptible to environmental influences, automatic modulation classification (AMC) becomes particularly difficult when it comes to an underwater scenario. Motivated by the deep complex networks (DCN), which have an innate ability to process complex data, we explore DCN for AMC of underwater acoustic communication signals. To integrate the signal processing method with deep learning and overcome the influences of underwater acoustic channels, we propose two complex physical signal processing layers based on DCN. The proposed layers include a deep complex matched filter (DCMF) and deep complex channel equalizer (DCCE), which are designed to remove noise and reduce the influence of multi-path fading for the received signals, respectively. Hierarchical DCN is constructed using the proposed method to achieve better performance of AMC. The influence of the real-world underwater acoustic communication scenario is taken into account; two underwater acoustic multi-path fading channels are conducted using the real-world ocean observation dataset, white Gaussian noise, and real-world OAN are used as the additive noise, respectively. Contrastive experiments show that the AMC based on DCN can achieve better performance than the traditional deep neural network based on real value (the average accuracy of the DCN is 5.3% higher than real-valued DNN). The proposed method based on DCN can effectively reduce the influence of underwater acoustic channels and improve the AMC performance in different underwater acoustic channels. The performance of the proposed method was verified on the real-world dataset. In the underwater acoustic channels, the proposed method outperforms a series of advanced AMC method.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020317
Meta-heuristic algorithms are widely used in complex problems that cannot be solved by traditional computing methods due to their powerful optimization capabilities. However, for high-complexity problems, the fitness function evaluation may take hours or even days to complete. The surrogate-assisted meta-heuristic algorithm effectively solves this kind of long solution time for the fitness function. Therefore, this paper proposes an efficient surrogate-assisted hybrid meta-heuristic algorithm by combining the surrogate-assisted model with gannet optimization algorithm (GOA) and the differential evolution (DE) algorithm, abbreviated as SAGD. We explicitly propose a new add-point strategy based on information from historical surrogate models, using information from historical surrogate models to allow the selection of better candidates for the evaluation of true fitness values and the local radial basis function (RBF) surrogate to model the landscape of the objective function. The control strategy selects two efficient meta-heuristic algorithms to predict the training model samples and perform updates. A generation-based optimal restart strategy is also incorporated in SAGD to select suitable samples to restart the meta-heuristic algorithm. We tested the SAGD algorithm using seven commonly used benchmark functions and the wireless sensor network (WSN) coverage problem. The results show that the SAGD algorithm performs well in solving expensive optimization problems.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020316
A Schrödinger bridge is a stochastic process connecting two given probability distributions over time. It has been recently applied as an approach for generative data modelling. The computational training of such bridges requires the repeated estimation of the drift function for a time-reversed stochastic process using samples generated by the corresponding forward process. We introduce a modified score- function-based method for computing such reverse drifts, which can be efficiently implemented by a feed-forward neural network. We applied our approach to artificial datasets with increasing complexity. Finally, we evaluated its performance on genetic data, where Schrödinger bridges can be used to model the time evolution of single-cell RNA measurements.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020315
A gas in a box is perhaps the most important model system studied in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Usually, studies focus on the gas, whereas the box merely serves as an idealized confinement. The present article focuses on the box as the central object and develops a thermodynamic theory by treating the geometric degrees of freedom of the box as the degrees of freedom of a thermodynamic system. Applying standard mathematical methods to the thermodynamics of an empty box allows equations with the same structure as those of cosmology and classical and quantum mechanics to be derived. The simple model system of an empty box is shown to have interesting connections to classical mechanics, special relativity, and quantum field theory.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020314
Inspired by the bamboo growth process, Chu et al. proposed the Bamboo Forest Growth Optimization (BFGO) algorithm. It incorporates bamboo whip extension and bamboo shoot growth into the optimization process. It can be applied very well to classical engineering problems. However, binary values can only take 0 or 1, and for some binary optimization problems, the standard BFGO is not applicable. This paper firstly proposes a binary version of BFGO, called BBFGO. By analyzing the search space of BFGO under binary conditions, the new curve V-shaped and Taper-shaped transfer function for converting continuous values into binary BFGO is proposed for the first time. A long-mutation strategy with a new mutation approach is presented to solve the algorithmic stagnation problem. Binary BFGO and the long-mutation strategy with a new mutation are tested on 23 benchmark test functions. The experimental results show that binary BFGO achieves better results in solving the optimal values and convergence speed, and the variation strategy can significantly enhance the algorithm’s performance. In terms of application, 12 data sets derived from the UCI machine learning repository are selected for feature-selection implementation and compared with the transfer functions used by BGWO-a, BPSO-TVMS and BQUATRE, which demonstrates binary BFGO algorithm’s potential to explore the attribute space and choose the most significant features for classification issues.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020313
The Global Fear Index (GFI) is a measure of fear/panic based on the number of people infected and deaths due to COVID-19. This paper aims to examine the interconnection or interdependencies between the GFI and a set of global indexes related to the financial and economic activities associated with natural resources, raw materials, agribusiness, energy, metals, and mining, such as: the S&P Global Resource Index, the S&P Global Agribusiness Equity Index, the S&P Global Metals and Mining Index, and the S&P Global 1200 Energy Index. To this end, we first apply several common tests: Wald exponential, Wald mean, Nyblom, and Quandt Likelihood Ratio. Subsequently, we apply Granger causality using a DCC-GARCH model. Data for the global indices are daily from 3 February 2020 to 29 October 2021. The empirical results obtained show that the volatility of the GFI Granger causes the volatility of the other global indices, except for the Global Resource Index. Moreover, by considering heteroskedasticity and idiosyncratic shocks, we show that the GFI can be used to predict the co-movement of the time series of all the global indices. Additionally, we quantify the causal interdependencies between the GFI and each of the S&P global indices using Shannon and Rényi transfer entropy flow, which is comparable to Granger causality, to confirm directionality more robustly The main conclusion of this research is that financial and economic activity related to natural resources, raw materials, agribusiness, energy, metals, and mining were affected by the fear/panic caused by COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020312
In a recent paper, we have shown how in Madelung’s hydrodynamic formulation of quantum mechanics, the uncertainties are related to the phase and amplitude of the complex wave function. Now we include a dissipative environment via a nonlinear modified Schrödinger equation. The effect of the environment is described by a complex logarithmic nonlinearity that vanishes on average. Nevertheless, there are various changes in the dynamics of the uncertainties originating from the nonlinear term. Again, this is illustrated explicitly using generalized coherent states as examples. With particular focus on the quantum mechanical contribution to the energy and the uncertainty product, connections can be made with the thermodynamic properties of the environment.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020311
Carnot cycles of samples of harmonically confined ultracold
Rb fluids, near and across Bose–Einstein condensation (BEC), are analyzed. This is achieved through the experimental determination of the corresponding equation of state in terms of the appropriate global thermodynamics for non-uniform confined fluids. We focus our attention on the efficiency of the Carnot engine when the cycle occurs for temperatures either above or below the critical temperature and when BEC is crossed during the cycle. The measurement of the cycle efficiency reveals a perfect agreement with the theoretical prediction , with and serving as the temperatures of the hot and cold heat exchange reservoirs. Other cycles are also considered for comparison.
Entropy, Volume 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020310
Three special issues of Entropy journal have been dedicated to the topics of “Information-Processing and Embodied, Embedded, Enactive Cognition”. They addressed morphological computing, cognitive agency, and the evolution of cognition. The contributions show the diversity of views present in the research community on the topic of computation and its relation to cognition. This paper is an attempt to elucidate current debates on computation that are central to cognitive science. It is written in the form of a dialog between two authors representing two opposed positions regarding the issue of what computation is and could be, and how it can be related to cognition. Given the different backgrounds of the two researchers, which span physics, philosophy of computing and information, cognitive science, and philosophy, we found the discussions in the form of Socratic dialogue appropriate for this multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary conceptual analysis. We proceed as follows. First, the proponent (GDC) introduces the info-computational framework as a naturalistic model of embodied, embedded, and enacted cognition. Next, objections are raised by the critic (MM) from the point of view of the new mechanistic approach to explanation. Subsequently, the proponent and the critic provide their replies. The conclusion is that there is a fundamental role for computation, understood as information processing, in the understanding of embodied cognition.