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# Capacity Dimension

A dimension also called the fractal dimension, Hausdorff dimension, and Hausdorff-Besicovitch dimension in which nonintegral values are permitted. Objects whose capacity dimension is different from their Lebesgue covering dimension are called fractals. The capacity dimension of a compact metric space is a real number such that if denotes the minimum number of open sets of diameter less than or equal to , then is proportional to as . Explicitly,

(if the limit exists), where is the number of elements forming a finite cover of the relevant metric space and is a bound on the diameter of the sets involved (informally, is the size of each element used to cover the set, which is taken to approach 0). If each element of a fractal is equally likely to be visited, then , where is the information dimension.

The capacity dimension satisfies

where is the correlation dimension (correcting the typo in Baker and Gollub 1996).

Correlation Dimension, Correlation Exponent, Dimension, Hausdorff Dimension, Information Dimension, Kaplan-Yorke Dimension

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## References

Baker, G. L. and Gollub, J. B. Chaotic Dynamics: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1996.Nayfeh, A. H. and Balachandran, B. Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Methods. New York: Wiley, pp. 538-541, 1995.Peitgen, H.-O. and Richter, D. H. The Beauty of Fractals: Images of Complex Dynamical Systems. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1986.Wheeden, R. L. and Zygmund, A. Measure and Integral: An Introduction to Real Analysis. New York: Dekker, 1977.

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Capacity Dimension." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. https://mathworld.wolfram.com/CapacityDimension.html