Information distance can be defined not only between two strings but also in a finite multiset of strings of cardinality greater than two. We determine a best upper bound on the information distance. It is exact, since the upper bound on the information distance for all multisets is the same as the lower bound for infinitely many multisets of each of infinitely many cardinalities, up to a constant additive term.

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Keywords data mining, Information distance, Kolmogorov complexity, multiset, pattern recognition, similarity
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIT.2017.2686883
Journal IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
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Vitányi, P.M.B. (2017). Exact expression for information distance. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 63(8), 4725–4728. doi:10.1109/TIT.2017.2686883