New Information-Theory-Based Methods in the Analysis of Childhood Development Data

Nikita A. Sakhanenko, David J. Galas, Representing the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development knowledge integration (HBGDki) Community


The complexity of infant growth and development processes and resultant data reflect the deep complexity of biological systems.

The Problem: Can we detect complex dependencies of biological variables?

Given data sets with many instances of many variables:

  • Can we find a measure for a subset of variables that is significantly nonzero if and only if the variables are interdependent?
  • Can we separate detection of the existence of dependence from any models of the nature of dependence?


25th Annual Meeting of the Population Approach Group in Europe



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September, 2017


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