Nihat Ay, Nils Bertschinger, Jürgen Jost, Eckehard Olbrich, Oliver Pfante

Paper #: 13-11-035

Levels of a complex system are characterized by the fact that they admit a closed functional description in terms of concepts and quantities intrinsic to that level. Several ideas have been come up so far in order to make the notion of a closed description precise. In this paper we present four of these approaches and investigate their mutual relationships. Our study is restricted to the case of discrete dynamical systems where the different levels are linked by a coarse-graining of variables and states of the system.