Wholes and parts in general systems methodology

In G. P. Wagner (ed.), The Character Concept in Evolutionary Biology. Academic Press. pp. 237--56 (2001)
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Reconstructability analysis (RA) decomposes wholes, namely data in the form either of set theoretic relations or multivariate probability distributions, into parts, namely relations or distributions involving subsets of variables. Data is modeled and compressed by variable-based decomposition, by more general state-based decomposition, or by the use of latent variables. Models, which specify the interdependencies among the variables, are selected to minimize error and complexity.
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