Saturday, March 26, 2016

Effective information equilibrium theory

While the original information equilibrium condition was derived using a uniform distribution, it lead to an equation that contains a conformal symmetry:

\frac{dA}{dB}=k \frac{A}{B}

such that if $A \rightarrow \alpha A$ and $B \rightarrow \beta B$, we get the original equation back. If you take the effective field theory approach (which I mention in the paper), you would write down all the possible terms on the right hand side that are consistent with the symmetry to first (or lower) order in the process variables. That only adds a constant term:

\frac{dA}{dB}= c + k \frac{A}{B}

This is one of the earliest differential equations to ever be solved (in 1694 by John Bernoulli) and the solution is:

\frac{A}{A_{0}} = \frac{c}{1-k}\frac{B_{0}}{A_{0}} \left( \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right) + \left( \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right)^k

The big change is the addition of a linear component -- so that for small values of $B$ (with $k > 1$), we no longer have $A \sim B^k$, but $A \sim B$. The limit for $B >> B_{0}$ is the same as the original solution (i.e. $A \sim B^k$). This could have potential application to e.g. the minimum wage or minimum costs of production. Here are graphs depending on whether c is positive or negative:

The price ($p = dA/dB$) shows a similar behavior:

Second order?

Going to second order in the conformal symmetry adds several terms:

\frac{dA}{dB}= k_{00} + k_{10} \frac{A}{B} + k_{20} \left( \frac{A}{B} \right)^2 + k_{11} \frac{A}{B} \frac{dA}{dB} + k_{02} A \frac{d^{2}A}{dB^{2}}

Mathematica can (implicitly) solve this if you take $k_{02} = 0$ (making it a first order nonlinear differential equation) -- it's a mess. However, the general form is a nonlinear second order differential equation that requires numerical solution. Including just the additional $k_{20}$ term is solvable in closed form (but also a mess). Numerically, it affects the behavior more when $A/A_{0} >> B/B_{0}$:

The price shows similar behavior:


Update 29 March 2016

I thought I'd combine the first and second order result, with both using negative coefficients. This gives a result that is relatively flatter near the endpoints and relatively steeper in the middle :


  1. Jason, instead of your 3rd expression:
    $$\frac{A}{A_{0}} = \frac{c}{1-k} \frac{B}{B_{0}} + \left( \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right)^k \tag 1$$
    I get this:
    $$\frac{A}{A_{0}} = \frac{c}{1-k} \frac{B}{A_{0}} + \left( \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right)^k \tag 2$$

    1. Multiply both sides of (2) by $A_0$ to get an expression for $A$, and call that (3). Then differentiate (3) wrt B, and call that (4). Then compare that with dividing (3) by B, multiplying by k and then adding c. The result should be (4).

    2. Typo. Thanks Tom.

      Can see from units of [c] = [A/B] so need [1/A] constant to give overall dimensionless formula.

      I'll probably re-write it in a different way, though.


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