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   Re: [xml-dev] XML Technologies: Progress via Simplification or Complexif

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Roger L. Costello wrote:

>I think that the distinction between complication and complexity is a
>useful one.  I welcome your suggestions on a better definition of the two
>terms (or even different terms).

You might want to check out the (immensely readable) work by Chaitin on 
complexity [1]. He basically boils pretty much everything down to 
minimum LOC:

The basic idea of algorithmic information theory (AIT) is that a 
scientific theory is a computer program, and the smaller, the more 
concise the program is, the better the theory!"

One nice idea I came across somewhere in his stuff went something like 
-  new theories always seem really complicated and difficult when first 
expressed, but later someone usually comes along and expresses the 
theory in a more suitable language and it all appears simple, even obvious.

"Elegant" might be another good word to add to your list.


[1] http://www.umcs.maine.edu/~chaitin/




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