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Re: XML and entropy, again

cyclometric map
Michael Champion wrote:

>In Kurt's post, and I think in Shannon's theory, entropy measures the
>number of discrete states that a message could be in.  When talking
>about schemas, that's the number of valid instance *structures*
>(forget the text content) that are valid according to the schema.
I don't think "entropy" is the best term for that. Perhaps "cyclometric 
complexity" [1] comes closer.

>"The measured entropy of your schema is on the order of 20,
>so you probably want to use XSLT" sounds *so* much more credible to
>the Pointy Haired Bosses of the world
Cyclometric is a pretty strong contender there, too!


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclometric_complexity

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