Why Classificatory Information of Geographic Regions Is Quantum Information (Vision Paper)

Author Thomas Bittner

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Thomas Bittner
  • Departments of Philosophy and Geography, State University of New York, 135 Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

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Thomas Bittner. Why Classificatory Information of Geographic Regions Is Quantum Information (Vision Paper). In 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 142, pp. 16:1-16:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


This paper gives an information - theoretic argument in support of the claim that there is geographic quantum information. Quantum information is information in the sense of Shannon’s information theory, that, in addition, satisfies two characteristic postulates. The paper aims to show that if the density of information (bits per unit of space) that is possible for classificatory geographic qualities is limited, then it follows that the two characteristic postulates of quantum information are satisfied for information about those geographic qualities.

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  • Theory of computation → Quantum information theory
  • Information theory
  • quantum information
  • classification and delineation


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