Antagonistic Redundancy -- A Theory of Error-Correcting Information Transfer in Organisms

In Robert Trappl (ed.), Cybernetics and Systems 2004. Wien, Österreich: pp. 225-30 (2004)
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Living organisms are exposed to numerous influencing factors. This holds also true for their infrastructures that are processing and transducing information like endocrine networks or nerval channels. Therefore, the ability to compensate for noise is crucial for survival. An efficient mechanism to neutralise disturbances is instantiated in form of parallel complementary communication channels exerting antagonistic effects at their common receivers. Different signal processing types share the ability to suppress noise, to widen the system’s regulation capacity, and to provide for variable gains while leaving the transferred signal to a large extent unchanged.

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Johannes W. Dietrich
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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