• Ming LiEmail author
  • Paul Vitányi
Part of the Texts in Computer Science book series (TCS)


Suppose we want to describe a given object by a finite binary string. We do not care whether the object has many descriptions; however, each description should describe but one object. From among all descriptions of an object we can take the length of the shortest description as a measure of the object’s complexity.


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© Ming Li and Paul Vitányi 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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