Core Entropy of Finite Subdivision Rules

dc.contributor.authorKim, Daniel Minen
dc.contributor.committeechairFloyd, William J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberOrr, Daniel D.en
dc.contributor.committeememberRossi, John F.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHaskell, Peter E.en
dc.description.abstractThe topological entropy of the subdivision map of a finite subdivision rule restricted to the 1-skeleton of its model subdivision complex, which we call textbf{core entropy}, is examined. We consider core entropy for finite subdivision rules realizing quadratic Misiurewicz polynomials and matings of such polynomials. It is shown that for a non-restrictive class of finite subdivision rules realizing quadratic Misiurewicz polynomials, core entropy equals Thurston's core entropy. We also show that the core entropy of formal and degenerate matings of Misiurewicz polynomials is determined by Thurston's core entropy of the mated polynomials.en
dc.description.abstractgeneralImagine taking a programmable calculator, inputting a number, and repeatedly pushing one of the buttons which corresponds to one of the calculator's built-in functions. For example, starting by inputting 0.5 and hitting the "x2" button over and over, or starting with 1.47 and repeatedly pressing the "sin(x)" button. The calculator may eventually return numbers that get closer and closer to a specific value, it may repeatedly cycle through some collection of specific numbers, it may not exhibit a clear pattern at all. It is of interest to understand, in some average sense, when, how often, and in what manner these patterns are exhibited and, in a quantitative fashion, compare how complicated the patterns are for different buttons on the calculator corresponding to different functions. For example, is the "x2" button, in some average sense, more or less "complex", in terms of the patterns exhibited by the above procedure, than the "sin(x)" button? Modeling or simulating physical phenomena such as particle motion or the orbits of collections of celestial bodies often entails the use of computer programs. These computer programs carry out calculations which often involves repeated application of various pre-programmed functions. Repeatedly pushing a button on a calculator can be viewed as a simplified version of what goes on with the calculations that a computer carries out in simulating physical phenomena. Understanding how to compare the patterns exhibited by simple, fundamental collections of functions makes for a good starting point for understanding the models that represent various physical phenomena. This work contributes to this endeavor by investigating a quantity which measures the complexity of some fundamental functions.en
dc.description.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectfinite subdivision rulesen
dc.titleCore Entropy of Finite Subdivision Rulesen
dc.typeDissertationen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Philosophyen
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