The approach to equilibrium in certain dynamical systems can be usefully described in terms of information-theoretic functionals. Well-studied models of this kind are Markov processes, chemical reaction networks, and replicator dynamics, for all of which it can be proven, under suitable assumptions, that the relative entropy (informational divergence) of the state of the system with respect to an equilibrium is nonincreasing over time. This work reviews another recent result of this type, which emerged in the study of the network optimization dynamics of an acellular slime mold, Physarum polycephalum. In this setting, not only the relative entropy of the state is nonincreasing, but its evolution over time is crucial to the stability of the entire system, and the equilibrium towards which the dynamics is attracted proves to be a global minimizer of the cost of the network.

Bonifaci, V. (2021). An Entropic Gradient Structure in the Network Dynamics of a Slime Mold. SYMMETRY, 13(8), 1385 [10.3390/sym13081385].

An Entropic Gradient Structure in the Network Dynamics of a Slime Mold

Bonifaci, Vincenzo
2021-01-01

Abstract

The approach to equilibrium in certain dynamical systems can be usefully described in terms of information-theoretic functionals. Well-studied models of this kind are Markov processes, chemical reaction networks, and replicator dynamics, for all of which it can be proven, under suitable assumptions, that the relative entropy (informational divergence) of the state of the system with respect to an equilibrium is nonincreasing over time. This work reviews another recent result of this type, which emerged in the study of the network optimization dynamics of an acellular slime mold, Physarum polycephalum. In this setting, not only the relative entropy of the state is nonincreasing, but its evolution over time is crucial to the stability of the entire system, and the equilibrium towards which the dynamics is attracted proves to be a global minimizer of the cost of the network.
Bonifaci, V. (2021). An Entropic Gradient Structure in the Network Dynamics of a Slime Mold. SYMMETRY, 13(8), 1385 [10.3390/sym13081385].
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