"(Any) formulation which can explicate or reproduce an extensive pattern of data from only a few succint rules" (D. Mc NEIL, 1993 b, p.3)

Mc NEIL sees science itself as a process of algorithmic compression: "The pursuit of science… results in categorizations, classifications, taxonomies, and formula which describe the associations and the structures attributed to phenomena. An ideal of a science is to design algorithmic compressions to describe its subject matter" (Ibid)

The paramount example is the search for the "theory of everything". Systemics and cybernetics also try to discover algorithmic compressions, in the guise of transdisciplinary concepts and models.

2) methodology or model

3) epistemology, ontology and semantics

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