Relativistic Quantum Econophysics – New Paradigms in Complex Systems Modelling

V. Saptsin Kremenchuk State Polytechnical University, Kremenchuk, Ukraine    V. Soloviev Cherkassy National University, Cherkassy, Ukraine

This work deals with the new, relativistic direction in quantum econophysics, within the bounds of which a change of the classical paradigms in mathematical modelling of socio-economic system is offered.

Classical physics proceeds from the hypothesis that immediate values of all the physical quantities, characterizing system’s state, exist and can be accurately measured in principle.

Non-relativistic quantum mechanics does not reject the existence of the immediate values of the classical physical quantities, nevertheless not each of them can be simultaneously measured (the uncertainty principle).

Relativistic quantum mechanics rejects the existence of the immediate values of any physical quantity in principle, and consequently the notion of the system state, including the notion of the wave function, which becomes rigorously nondefinable.

The task of this work consists in econophysical analysis of the conceptual fundamentals and mathematical apparatus of the classical physics, relativity theory, non-relativistic and relativistic quantum mechanics, subject to the historical, psychological and philosophical aspects and modern state of the socio-economic modeling problem.

We have shown that actually and, virtually, a long time ago, new paradigms of modeling were accepted in the quantum theory, within the bounds of which the notion of the physical quantity operator becomes the primary fundamental conception(operator is a mathematical image of the procedure, the action), description of the system dynamics becomes discrete and approximate in its essence, prediction of the future, even in the rough, is actually impossible when setting aside the aftereffect i.e. the memory.

In consideration of the analysis conducted in the work we suggest new paradigms of the economical-mathematical modeling.

econophysics, quantum econophysics, quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum mechanics, indeterminancy principle, complexity, system theory.

1 Introduction

Econophysics is a relatively new interdisciplinary scientific school, which tends to develop itself rapidly, having taken its shape and name in late 90-ies of the XX century bib001 (). According to our estimation the number of original works and articles on the Internet, surveys and monographs has already exceeded thousands. Moreover respective courses and special subjects are being introduced in the high schools of far and near abroad bib001 (); bib002 (); bib003 ().

In Western countries young theoretical physicist, who look for the application of their knowledge and abilities not only in physical and technical fields, are employed by large corporations, banks, holding companies and other subjects of national and world financial and economical activity.

In its classical part econophysics is working on the application of mathematical apparatus of statistical physics, random systems physics and non-linear physical dynamics included, to discover socio-economic phenomena, using one or another physical model and giving the appropriate economical interpretation to physical notions, variables and parameters bib001 (); bib002 (); bib003 (); bib004 (); bib005 (); bib006 (); bib007 (); bib008 ().

Though statistical physics can’t get along without quantum-mechanical ideas and notions in its fundamentals, the main sphere of its interest is the macroscopic description of systems with large number of particles, the dynamic behavior of which can’t be brought to microscopic dynamical equations of quantum mechanics figured out for separate particles without use of respective statistical postulates bib009 ().

During last years an increasing flow of works was observed, in which detailed models of market process participants interactions and quantum-mechanical analogies, notions and terminology based on methods of describing socio-economic systems are drawn to explain both particular peculiarities of modern market dynamics and economic functioning in whole (bib010 (); bib011 (); bib012 (); bib013 (); bib014 (); bib015 (); bib016 (); bib017 (); bib018 (); bib019 (); bib020 (); bib021 (); bib022 (); bib023 (); bib024 (); bib025 (); bib026 (); bib027 (); bib028 (); bib029 (); bib030 (); bib031 (); bib032 (); bib033 (); bib034 (); bib035 (); bib036 (); bib037 (); bib038 (); bib039 (); bib040 (); bib041 (); bib042 (); bib043 (); bib044 (); bib045 (); bib046 (); bib047 (); bib123 (); bib124 (); bib125 (); bib126 (); bib127 (); bib128 () and quoted there literature).

In spite of discord of names and key word combinations – quantum economics bib010 (),bib011 (),bib012 (), quantum finances bib013 (),bib014 (), quantum market games bib015 (), quantum game theory bib016 (),bib017 (), quantum evolutionary game theory bib018 (), quantum economic theory bib019 (), quantum econophysics bib020 (),bib021 (),bib022 (), quantum decision making bib125 (); bib126 (); bib127 (); bib128 () etc., - the emphasis on using the mathematical apparatus, input equations and quantum-mechanical models is the common feature of all the above listed works.

Schrödinger equation for the wave function bib012 (), von Neumann equation for the density matrix bib021 (), secondary quantization for systems with variable number of particles bib018 (); bib023 (), the last modifications of which were called the ultra-secondary and the ultra-tertiary quantization bib010 (); bib020 (), Ising spin model bib024 (); bib025 (); bib026 (), Feinman path integrals bib027 (); bib028 (); bib123 (); bib124 () Bose condensation in quantium liquids bib029 (); bib030 (), operator representation (Heisenberg representation), interation representation bib023 (); bib031 (); bib032 (); bib033 (); bib034 (), AdS/CFT correspondence in non-linear quantum finance bib122 () etc. are earning the spotlight.

Among the authors, working purposefully and fruitfully in the field of intersection of quantum physics and economics, we can mention Russian academician V.P. Maslov (bib020 (); bib029 (); bib030 (); bib035 (); bib036 () and the literature quoted there), researchers from distant foreign countries D. Sornette (bib129 () and the literature quoted there), B.E. Baaquie bib014 (); bib028 (), C. Pedro Goncalves bib018 (); bib037 (); bib038 (); bib039 (); bib040 (); bib041 (); bib042 (); bib043 (), E. Guevara Hidalgo bib021 (); bib044 (); bib045 (); bib046 (); bib047 ().

Although the first works, connected with the application of quantum-mechanical models to economic phenomena appeared in the early 90-ies of the last century bib017 (); bib018 (); bib048 (), it can be confidently contended that a new scientific school in the socio-economic systems modeling is being born. Not going beyond the emerged terminology, it will be the most logical to call this school – what by the way, most of the authors of the afore-mentioned works, including the authors of this investigation, incline to do – quantum econophysics bib018 (); bib020 (); bib021 (); bib022 ().

We consider that the appearance of such a scientific direction is caused not only by search for the new applications of quantum mechanics mathematical apparatus and new quantum-mechanical analogies, but also by the evidently shown problems of the socio-economic modeling, which required deep conceptual analysis and philosophical generalization, including probable change of the established mathematical bib036 () and economic bib049 () paradigms. In the opinion of authors, the relativistic aspects in the conceptual fundamentals of the quantum physics and philosophical reasoning of them, including critical analysis of measurement, state, memory, time and space notions not only in physical, but also in psycologycal and socio-economic contexts bib049 (); bib053 () are gaining great significance in the scope of the new quantum direction in econophysics bib050 (); bib051 (); bib052 (). The purpose of this work is the well-reasoned exposition of the totality of the above-mentioned issues, which, as far as we can see, must be related to the competence of the special and dedicated section of econophysics – relativistic quantum econophysics.

2 About econophysics, quantum econophysics and complex systems

Econophysics, or physical economics, already mentioned as a relatively young scientific school, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Of course that doesn’t mean that there were no works on the boundary of economics and physics before the econophysics was officially born, howewer the new direction is usually formed only when the certain conditions appear and the necessity to concentrate the scientific forces arises. Quantum econophysics is not an exception. That is why, though the first work according to Gonsales bib018 (), which can be related to the application of quantum mechanical ideas to the economic phenomena, appeared in 1990 bib048 (), we can speak about the birth of the new scientific direction called econophysics only nowadays.

In short, quantum econophysics currently includes

  • adaptation and usage of mathematical apparatus of quantum mechanics in order to model processes in economics (linear operators in the Hilbert space, wave function and the Schrödinger equation, density matrix and the von Neumann equation, secondary, ultra-secondary and ultra-tertiary quantization apparatus, Feinman path integrals etc.);

  • application of quantum-mechanical models and analogies (the Ising spin glass model, evolutionary quantum game model, Bose condensation of quantum fluids etc.);

  • application of quantum mechanical ideology (the uncertainty principle, the principle of complementarity, other elements of the quantum measure theory, probabilistic interpretation of the system dynamics).

But, in our opinion, complex analysis of the conceptual fundamentals of the modern theoretical physics, basic postulates of the systems theory and system analysis, subject to results of the observations and investigations of the real socio-economic processes and systems, is of no less importance for progress in the correct statement and solving problems of mathematical modeling of complex systems.

In the contemporary comprehension complex systems are the problem in terms of formalization nonlinear systems, in the dynamics of which synergetic phenomena are observed, instabilities and poor predictability take place; the so-called aftereffect and “long memory” connected with it act the significant part. First of all socio-economical, ecological and other, which are similar to them and depict the upper levels of an integrated, organized and functioning in a complicated manner matter, can be related to such systems.

Using one or another physical analogy in complex systems modeling, or, as it is often shortly said, in modeling the complexity, we must not forget that physics is the experimental science first of all (in principle, as any other science is). Each physical theory is based solely on experimental facts, and its mathematical apparatus and respective mathematical model is just the tool, used to describe the results of observations and/or experiments, which is always more or less approximate, and usually not the only one.

Models, describing physical processes, and models, which claim to be adequately describing socio-economic processes, are on the essentially different and in some way opposite levels of hierarchy of models of the world around us. If the physical picture of the world, at least in its fundamental principles, does not change for about ten billion years, the upper (socio-economic) levels of the matter organization are constantly getting more complex and develop in time, and in the last decades it happens beneath our eyes. As the time is irreversible – and this experimental fact has not been disproved yet, – all the attempts to model or predict the behaviour of socio-economic or other complicated systems using straight “physical” methods can be rather difficult due to the impossibility of the strict following one of the basic exact sciences principle – the principle of experiment and observation results reproducibility.

Of course, models of socio-economic systems should not contradict the physical and other processes of the lower level running in them; nevertheless not all peculiarities of socio-economic systems can be derived from their physical qualities (known in the general system theory emergent principle). Actually, this statement can be related to any pair from the model hierarchy existing on different levels and describing the world around us.

The straight application of physical approaches and respective to them mathematical models in description of socio-economic systems is useful; though going beyond the bounds of their applicability may lead to paradoxes already observed in the history of science. Mechanical determinism, based on the classic Newtonian mechanics; heat death of the Universe, following from basic thermodynamics postulates; persistent mathematics paradoxes, derived from the infinity notion etc. can be related to the number of such paradoxes.

3 Theoretical physics as one of the reality models and mathematics as the formalized language of its description

21 century is the century of the triumph of the new theoretical physics – relativity theory and quantum mechanics, which explained new phenomena, observed both in macro- and micro-world, as well as changed or filled well-established physical notions with the new sense. These notions were creating the basis of natural sciences, forming respective philosophic concepts and ideas in each and every science without exception, including the philosophy itself (the so-called metaphysical approach) for ages.

Though new concepts became firmly established, first of all, technologically, as a tool in physics, we consider them to be not fully realized yet and used in modeling of socio-economic systems and processes running in them.

The reasons of it are hidden not only in the lack of sufficient physical and mathematical models spectrum, but also in the inertia, in the absence of the deeply integrated analysis, concerning classical physics fundamentals, relativity theory, quantum mechanics, theoretical and practical economics, as well as historical, psychological, social, philosophical and other, strictly “humanitarian” aspects of the problem.

In connection with all afore-mentioned, the solution of problems in mathematical modeling of complex systems must be sought on the intersection of various scientific schools, including not only mathematics, physics, cybernetics, computer science etc., but traditionally humanitarian disciplines - philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, linguistics and others as well - probably, it will be effective to get the new ideas from them bib129 (). V.I.Vernadsky gave classical example of such complex approach to the problem of space and time that keeps until the present bib130 (). Synergetics bib054 (), fractal theory bib055 (), chaos theory bib056 (), econophysics bib001 (), quantum informatics bib057 (); bib058 (); bib059 (), neuroeconomics bib060 (), p-adic mathematical physics bib061 (); bib062 (); bib063 () and others can be named as the examples of new interdisciplinary directions. Quantum econophysics, which is discussed in this work, can also be related to such an interdisciplinary direction, which we consider to have great perspectives bib018 (); bib020 (); bib021 (); bib022 ().

On the one hand, development of physics and mathematics, appearance of electronic calculating machines and, later, computers, which have performed an informational revolution in all fields of human activity without exception, created the illusion of omnipotence of mathematics as the tool of description, modeling and solving any tasks, connected with the intellectual activity. On the other hand it revealed its shortcomings.

Let us take note that mathematics, as one of the languages of reflection and description of the surrounding reality, substantially developed in the scope of exact sciences, first of all physics and its technical applications, and only thereafter it was used to solve more “humanitarian” tasks.

But, as it has been already mentioned before, it is necessary to approach an application of physical analogies in modeling of the systems of “non-physical” origin, that occupy the highest (in complexity and time of the appearance) levels of models of the universe hierarchy with care.

Mathematics is built on axioms, and one of its peculiarities is its determinacy, the “rigidity” of the language used. Unlike the usual language, mathematics bars from explanations and contexts; both the strength and the narrow-mindedness come from it.

An economist, politician and thinker A.A. Bohdanov wrote about it in his ”organized science” (tectology) bib064 (); bib065 (). (Though as a thinker he treated philosophy rather negatively). His ideas are starting to revive only nowadays.

The writer of genius A.N. Tolstoy in his fairy-tale ”The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino” described the inadequacy, to say the least, of mathematical language as the tool of reflection of the gorgeousness of surrounding reality in the allegoric way (episodes of the illness of Buratino, ”the patient is either alive or dead”, and of his method of solving the elementary sum, ”2-1=2”) bib066 ().

Gödel was the first to prove the boundedness of mathematics as the language, based on the closed system of axioms, in 1931 in his famous incompleteness theorem bib067 (); bib068 (); though the true meaning of the theorem, including the philosophical one, is getting fully appraised only now bib069 ().

Though probability theory, as one of the chapters in mathematics, is developed to describe uncertainties, it also brings the problem definition to the formally deterministic state, bringing the notion of the probability of the event (a determined, strictly given number between zero and one) in, and gains substantial sense only for the repeated number of phenomena. However not every uncertainty, observed in real systems and processes, first of all socio-economic ones, can be described with the help of probability language.

We should note that, in our opinion, both in methodological and conceptual aspects, the language of discrete mathematics is gaining special meaning in description of complex systems. Discrete mathematics is based on the application of the algorithmic (discrete) models; it is constructive in realization and gives an opportunity to get rid of the number o philosophical paradoxes, which take place in the continuous (“infinite”) mathematics.

The famous Banach-Tarski paradox is a striking example of such a philosophical “deadlock” bib070 (). Acceptance of the so-called axiom of selection in the rigorous set theory allows to split the sphere into the finite number of parts so that it will be possible to make up two spheres, equivalent to the initial one. Non-acceptance of this axiom does not lead to contradictions bib071 (), though it considerably weakens investigation of the continuous abstract structures in analysis, algebra, topology and other branches of the mathematics.

4 General systems theory – language and methodology of solving hardly formalizable problems

The creation of the general systems theory in 1951 by Bertalanffy bib072 (); bib073 (), which in modern interpretation includes the systems theory itself, systems analysis as its methodology, and mathematical modeling as the technological tool bib074 (); bib075 (); bib076 (), was one of the attempts to go beyond the limits of the circle of tasks, being solved by the classical “accurate” mathematics.

The general systems theory, an integral part of which includes mathematical tools, does not exist as the theory in the strict mathematical understanding of this word. We suppose it was that very peculiarity of the theory, Bertalanffy wanted to emphasize, adding the characteristic “general” to its definition and mentioning, that even in bounds of the common classical mechanics mathematically unsolvable problems appear (three-body problem), not speaking about more complex systems and more “advanced” models of modern theoretical physics.

The general systems theory can be considered as an empirical set of logically unprovable principles, concepts and approaches, which are deduced from observations of real complex systems, including those that function with the human participation, are common for objects of any nature and appear to be useful when conducting observations, investigation, and, above all, when solving practical tasks.

There are various definitions of system. As one of the possible working and rather “integrated” definitions, which take into account ontological, gnosiological and dynamical aspects of the “system” notion, we can use the following one.

System is the totality of the interacting elements, into which the subject divides the object according to some rules, in order to observe, describe, examine and, in the end, solve one or another practical task, meanwhile the interaction of the elements in the system when functioning causes the new quality, which is not peculiar to the separate element of the system.

This definition could be considered as the free “integrated” interpretation of definitions bib075 (); bib076 (), although we should mention, that considering the essence of the general theory, its statements and initial definitions must be neither only, nor “strict”, nor closed, as it in itself is one of the systems, and its own principles are applicable to it.

To the most important principles and statements of the general systems theory, which determine the gist of the so-called systems approach the following must be related:

  • discreteness;

  • hierarchy;

  • emergence;

  • openness.

In spite of the absence of direct links between general systems theory, which is difficult to formalize, and modern theoretical physics, based on the usage of rather abstract mathematical models, both of them, being different experimentally grounded ways to reflect the real and only world, have deep and common roots.

First of all we should note that from the definition of the system and fundamental statements of the general systems theory follows that within the bounds of the systematic approach the question about the objective, i.e. non-depending on the subject, existence of the world around us is insensible. Of course the world exists regardless of us, but its description or reflection is subjective, and the “subject –object” couple is in compliance with system principles the new system, the properties of which under the emergence principle cannot boil down neither to the object’s properties, nor to the subject’s ones taken apart. (In quantum mechanics such a philosophical problem of a systematic nature appears when analyzing the measuring procedure in the couple “gauge – measured object”.)

Continuity, based on the hypothesis of the existence of infinity, which is unprovable in its essence (in the rigorous theory of sets, for example Zermelo-Frenkel axiomatic, this is one of the nine axioms bib077 (); bib078 ()), leads to physical paradoxes, and the systems theory discreteness principle, which is being realized and logically developed in discrete mathematics and theory of algorithms, is the most reasonable alternative to continuity and continuous mathematics, based on it. Likely, continuity isn’t the necessary link neither in the physical nor in the mathematical description of the reality bib079 (); bib080 (); bib081 (); bib082 (); bib083 ().

The continuity of the basic physical quantities, including those of spatial coordinates and time – is merely a hypothesis and is likely to be an approximation, which is not always appropriate for the tasks of representation the world around us; therefore within the bounds of the systematic approach, when realizing its principles sequentially and to the end, these quantities must be also considered as discrete. (It should be mentioned that the question of discontinuity and continuity of our time and space in physics is still controversial.)

The openness of any system is in certain sense the consequence of its hierarchy principle, and the actually observed presence of memory (aftereffect) and the registration of time as one of the system-forming factors makes it formally open even when from the very beginning of functioning the system is physically isolated. In the latter case the openness is imparted to the system by its history, the full description and registration of which are just impossible (setting the history of the system as the totality of initial conditions – as it is done in the classical physics – is a quite narrow and approximate way of its registration)

5 Hierarchy of conceptions and models in modern theoretical physics

As it has been already mentioned, theoretical physics of the last century fundamentally changed the view on the notions of time and space, measuring procedures and the achievable accuracy of the results, on the notion of the predictability of system’s behaviour; it also put a question of the time irreversibility problems, paid attention to presence of the aftereffect (memory) in real physical processes.

One of the most important problems, which should be related to the quantum econophysics’ competence, is in tracing the influence, which was or will be exerted by these changes on problem statement in mathematical modeling of the socio-economic processes and interpretation of its results.

Instrumental approach to physics as to the means of prediction of the results of the experiments prepared in certain way is working perfectly in the physics itself, nevertheless the transfer of its notions and mathematical apparatus on systems of the other nature requires obligatory and in-depth analysis of its initial conceptions.

We should note that in modern understanding theoretical physics is the hierarchy of models of the physical qualities of the substance, starting with classical Newtonian mechanics and ending with the general relativity theory and modern parts of relativistic quantum micro- and macro- (cosm-) theory, each of them having its own special postulates and own domains of applicability. In this regard Newton’s laws are as much fundamental as the quark or superstrings theory, and those connections, which exist between the more and less general theories, as often as not are similar to the temporary “bridges”, functioning as the “scaffolding” on the theory development phase, the rigorous and full substantiation of which usually fails. We will concern ourselves with analysis of the conceptual states of the most important models mentioned above, making digressions to the general systems theory and applying to the practices of real complex systems functioning.

5.1 Classical physics and its paradigms – critical analysis

In classical physics it is supposed that basic physical quantities can be considered as the quantities, accepting a continuous value series and existing regardless the measuring procedures. Meanwhile:

  • there are instantaneous values of physical quantities, describing the state of the system;

  • in principle there are procedures, which allow to measure the instantaneous values of these physical quantities;

  • the influence of the measuring procedure on the value of the physical quantity being measured can be made arbitrarily (negligibly) small.

To such quantities (to make it easier we will confine ourselves to mechanics) we can relate – mass of a particle, distance (position vector with the orthogonal coordinates , force (vector with projections on the orthogonal axes of coordinates), which can change in time (the time is absolute, continuous, physically irreversible and is considered as a parameter). With the help of these and other quantities, which are their derivatives (velocity vector with coordinates , acceleration vector , momentum etc.), using appropriate equations, it is possible to make an accurate description of the behaviour of any mechanical system.

Mathematical model is created using Euclidean space, in which existence of the inertial coordinate system (Newton’s first law), an equation of motion, formulated:


(Newton’s second law for a material particle) and Newton’s third law:


(force , exerted by the particle 1 on the other material particle 2, is of the same magnitude and acts as the opposite to the force direction, exerted by the particle 2 on the particle 1).

Differential and integral calculi serve as the mathematical apparatus for solving the problems of classical mechanics, time appears to be the independent variable, and system state is characterized by coordinates and velocities of its material particles in Euclidean space, system dynamics is described by differential equations.

In modern physics instead of Newton’s equations are used formalisms equivalent to them and based on the principle of least action for Lagrangian function of the system or on the Hamilton equations bib084 (), though it does not change the essence of the concerned problems.

Even within the bounds of classical physics assumptions 1)-3) concerning physical quantities and relevant measuring procedures are approximations and must be considered as hypotheses, true only under certain conditions.

Indeed, if we proceed not from the abstractions, but from the classical measure theory realities, the notion of the physical quantity (and any other one) is inseparably connected with a certain measuring procedure, which also includes the comparison with some kind of a standard.

As any measuring procedure takes finite time , it is assumed that during all that time values of the measured physical quantity and essential standard’s characteristics (or the values of the physical quantity relative to the standard) do not change.

Is it really like that? If you think about it, is not quite like that, strictly speaking it is not like that at all. For example, the length of the bar under the temperature oscillation of the component atoms (or, if the bar is under the temperature close to the absolute zero, under so-called “zero-point” quantum oscillations unremovable in their essence) is constantly changing.

It means that the value of the measured bar length, attributed to the moment of the procedure finishing, , is a certain functional (in the simplest case it is a mean value) of the values when :


Let us conduct a logical analysis of the ratio (3), staying within the bounds of the classical physics and confining ourselves to the simplest one-dimensional case (physical quantity characterizing the system – scalar) for an easy operation.

If a certain value of some physical quantity or its projection in a given coordinate system (it is not necessary for it to be length or one of the point’s orthogonal coordinates in the one-dimensional consideration) initially exists, but depends on time, then there can be two possible equation (3) interpretations:

  • in truth two essentially different variables appear on its both sides (3) – implicitly and hypothetically existing (“the immediate one”) (on the right side) and (on the left), which was really measured (“the integral one”), while is an implicitly defined functional of the implicitly defined function ;

  • in both parts (3) appear the variables of the same nature, “the immediate” , in that case (3) should be considered as the functional equation used to evaluate the unknown function , with the functional, which must take into account all the system qualities necessary for the measuring, including its memory about its past, defining, in the end, the function.

Thereby, the assumption about the a priori existence of the accurate immediate values of the physical quantities (as any other ones), independent of any measuring procedures – the postulate, on which the classical mechanics is based – is corroborated by no logical arguments, except our assumptions and experience, which is deliberately approximate and limited by the observations of the systems of a certain type.

And the last remark, according to the Newton’s laws the immediate coordinate values and system’s particles’ velocities assignment in a given moment of time completely determines the system’s future behaviour, which must be considered as a paradox, contradicting the common sense – there is no aftereffect i.e. memory in such a system, and this model is hardly able to describe the functioning of the vast majority of real complex systems.

5.2 Non-relativistic quantum mechanics – experimental facts, postulates and consequences

The facts, found experimentally, which underlie the non-relativistic mechanics are the evidence of the following regulations:

  • the indeterminancy principle turns up, thus there is no conception of the particle path;

  • physical quantities can possess not every value, â ÷àñòíîñòè the spectrum of the permitted values can be discrete;

  • as in the classical physics it is assumed that physical quantities can have immediate values, but not every set of them can be measured simultaneously;

  • the eventual influence of the measuring procedure on its result takes place, meanwhile system state becomes indeterminate in a varying degree after the measuring;

  • every system is an open one in its essence, because the wave function, which helps to characterize the system state in quantum mechanics (the existence of this function is postulated), is formally determined and continuous in all the space.

There are various and virtually equivalent formulae of the fundamental quantum mechanical regulations, nevertheless any mathematical formalism used must satisfy all the above-listed conditions and results of the experiments carried out.

Unfortunately, unlike the classical, even the non-relativistic quantum mechanics is void of visualization and is not corroborated by the “common” sense, its rather deep research and understanding has been so far the lot of theoreticians of physics and relatively limited quarters of the specialists in some number of applied areas. Therefore we find it necessary to give one of the shortest (which is one of its merits), but not very extended (under the historical causes) quantum-mechanical axiomatics bib052 (), giving the corresponding commentaries to it and drawing necessary and useful analogies with the observation practice and experience of the theoretical generalization of complex systems’ behaviour.

Before proceeding to the formulae bib052 (), we will stop at more traditional and historically established approach to the exposition of quantum mechanics and note its peculiarities.

Most of the “classical”, if we can say so, descriptions of the initial quantum-mechanical postulates, including the well-known course of theoretical physics by L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz bib051 (), are carried out according to the following scheme:

  • uncertainity principle for the values of physical quantities being measured;

  • system wave function and superposition principle;

  • physical quantities operators.

Such a scheme has a historical, psychological and logical explanation. The problem, stated before the famous founders and ideologists of the quantum theory (M.Planck (1858-1947), A.Einstein (1979-1955), N.Bohr (1985-1962), E.Schrodinger (1887-1961), Louis de Broglie (1892-1987), W.Heisenberg (1901-1976), W.Pauli (1900-1958), E.Fermi (1901-1954), P.Dirac (1902-1984), M.Born (1882-1970), V.Fock (1898-1974), D.Blochinzev (1908-1979), L.Landau (1908-1968) and others), was not only in the development of the mathematical apparatus, which would explain results of the physical experiments, not only in understanding the qualitatively new ideology, based on the classical school they grew up on, but also in bringing it home to the minds of the physical society.

Under such circumstances (inevitably) the conceptions formulated could not help having one foot in the “old” classical quantum physics, and the other foot – in the “new” one. However such a “half-hearted” approach was to become a brake on the noncontradictory philosophical interpretation of its laws and wide spread occurrence of its conceptions sooner or later.

As far back as 1974, when studying in the postgraduate course of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and preparing a paper, which dealt with philosophical problems of the quantum mechanics, one of the authors paid attention to the rapid and thoroughgoing nature of the majority of discussions, applied to the differences in quantum-mechanical notions and phenomena interpretations, done by different scientific schools, nevertheless he did not understand their essence.

As we know, the discussions, connected with the problems of interpretation of quantum physics, don’t abate even now, and not only physics and philosophers take part in them, but, voluntarily or not, scientists from the other fields get involved, in their attempts to use quantum-mechanical notions and analogies (quantum psychology bib085 (), quantum sociology bib086 (), quantum logic bib087 (), bib088 () etc.).

As it has been already noted the approach to expounding the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, which established in bib052 (), is not a traditional one. In the foreword to the first edition of this book, its scientific editor academician N.N. Bogolyubov mentioned the following: “the merit of this book is in the logical and consistent character of the exposition, based on the rules and regulations, formulated in explicit form”. However, it seems to us that the compact and explicit exposition of rules, which can be also called axioms or postulates, in their logical sequence, without superfluously looking back at classical physics, is exactly what gives an opportunity to look at the conceptual fundamentals of quantum mechanics in a completely different way and make proper conclusions of both physical and philosophical nature.

Six postulates of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, set out below, are the lecturing variant of exposition bib052 () (V.D. Krivchenkov, 1970, MSU, physical faculty).

A1. According to the first postulate any physical quantity (except time , which is not a physical quantity in non-relativistic quantum theory and is considered as an independent parameter) is associated with the linear Hermitian operator .

Rules of the juxtaposition are based on the classical expressions for physical quantities and formulated in the following way:

  • classical coordinates are confronted with the coordinate operators:

  • classical momentum projections are confronted with momentum projections operators:


    ( is an imaginary unit, is the Planck’s constant, in (4) and (5) coordinate representation of operators is used and postulated);

  • arbitrary classical physical quantity , which is the momentum and coordinate function (and therewith a time function in the general case) is juxtaposed with the operator:


These rules reflect the so-called conformity principle. Thus the classical systems’ total energy is associated with the systems’ total energy operator (Hamiltonian):


As operator expressions (6) cannot always have clear and definite interpretation, additional rules are brought in.

Thus, for example, physical quantity can be formally associated with three different operators:


however, only the last one (symmetric) expression is the Hermitian operator and, consequently, the operator of the physical quantity .

If the function is not polynomial to variable , its formal expansion into the multidimentional Taylor series is used. Problems of the convergence of infinite operational and functional series and interpretation of them, which occur meanwhile, are the subject of a special discussion, and correspondence of conducted theoretical calculations to results of the experiment serves as the selection criterion for the operator representation.

A2. According to the second postulate the given physical quantity can possess only eigenvalues of its operator:


which are always real under the Hermitian character of (standard eigenvalues and eigenfunctions problem for the linear Hermitian operator .

It arises from the afore-mentioned postulate that, unlike the classical physics, not every value of the physical quantity can be allowed; particularly even the quantized (discrete) spectrum of its values is possible. The hydrogen atom energy permitted values spectrum affords an example of a discrete spectrum (it is the only mathematical problem in non-relativistic quantum mechanics, related to the real system, which can be approximately solved).

In the conceptual sense the first and the second postulates of quantum mechanics actually give the first corroboration of a thesis, brought forward by us, about the primacy of the procedure against its result, which is diametrically opposite to the conception accepted in the classical physics. In the sequel we will repeatedly return to this thesis, weighing in with the arguments and proofs in its favour.

The conformity principle can be considered as an illustration of genetic aspects, which characterize perpetual historical development of both theoretical physics and scientific cognition in whole, including the following phases:

  • filling the old formulae and statements with the new meaning;

  • generation of the new formulae and statements as a result of the conflict between the new and the old and mutations, which occur at that time;

  • selection of the well-grounded theories among the set of possible ones.

We find it important to note this aspect, because attempts to create the “single theory of everything”, to find those universal “fundamentals”, which will give the opportunity to explain and band together everything that happens in this world for good, occur very often, even on the modern level. Such attempts in our opinion have no prospects even in the field of fundamental physics, not speaking of the theories, which claim to give the comprehensive and timeless description of socio-economics phenomena.

A3. According to the third postulate every physical system state is associated with the normalized wave function :


(to make it easier we consider the system which consists of one particle, and use the coordinate representation of its wave function in compliance with the coordinate representation for the physical quantities operators, accepted above).

In classical mechanics dimensioning of coordinates and momentum (or velocity) particle projections – phase coordinates, which presumably can be approximately evaluated – for the system, which consists of particles, completely defines the system state.

In quantum mechanics the system state is specified by the wave function, which does not allow defining all classical phase system coordinates both accurately and simultaneously. Set of the measurements, that allows defining of the wave function is called full, and for the system, consisting of particles the number of such measurements is twice as little (not taking into consideration purely quantum spin variables) as the number we get, when defining the system state in the classical way, i.e. .

As the wave function is formally defined in whole space even for the single particle, than any real quantum-mechanical system is virtually open. In order to describe such systems (i.e. to take into account system’s interaction with its surroundings, if it is not deliberately small) the density matrix representation is used bib051 ().

A4. The fourth postulate says that mathematical expectation (the mean value) of the physical quantity with the operator, for the system, which is at the state with the wave function , is defined by the integral:


It follows from this postulate that the result of any measurement has, actually, ambiguous character. (Physical quantity can possess a deterministic value as a result of measurement only if agrees with one of the eigenfunctions of the operator.) The quantity is interpreted as the probability of the particle detecting in the differential of volume . The probabilistic nature or, to be precise, the uncertainty of measurement result, is the fundamental peculiarity of quantum-mechanical systems.

A5. The fifth postulate (the Schrödinger equation) defines system evolution (change of its wave function in time:


and plays the same part as the Newton’s second law in quantum mechanics does.

A6. The sixth postulate concerns the identical microparticle system and comes to the statement, that particles are indistinguishable in such a system. The existence of a spin – a new, purely quantum (relativistic) variable, and division of all known particles into two types – fermions (antisymmetric wave function, particles with the half-integer spin) and boson (symmetric wave function, particles with the integer spin) are also postulated.

From the sixth postulate follows the existence of the specific quantum (exchange) interaction, which is implemented only in the collective of identical microparticles and does not have a classical analog. In the conceptual aspect this postulate can be considered as an obvious physical illustration of one of the fundamental principles in systems analysis – the emergence principle.

Briefly, touching upon the issue of mathematical aspects and omitting the details, but emphasizing the conceptual moments, six postulates of the non-relativistic quantum mechanics can be reformulated in the following way:

  • Instead of the classical notion “physical quantity ” a new fundamental notion is being brought in “operator of the physical quantity ”.

  • Possible (permitted) values of the physical quantity are the consequence (the result) of solving the eigenvalues mathematical problem for the operator of the physical quantity :

  • For the system performance a new notion is being brought in – normalized wave function :

  • Classical value of the physical quantity in the state with the normalized wave function is associated with a new quantity – mean value of the physical quantity , which is defined by the ratio:

  • System evolution in time is characterized by its normalized wave function evolution, which is defined by solving the Schrödinger equation:

  • In the identical particles system all particles are indistinguishable.

The postulates of quantum (non-relativistic) mechanics (postulates A1-A6), which were mentioned above and are in certain sense analogous to the laws of Newtonian classical mechanics, are that very basis, on which all its theoretical apparatus and practical applications are being constructed. Thus, using rather elementary calculations, it is possible to show, that from the postulates A1-A4 follows the fundamental ratio of uncertainties for coordinates and velocities (or momenta):


where and ( represent the root-mean-square errors of measuring the coordinate and velocity ( momentum) of the particle of the mass.

From the ratio (13) five important for the future conceptual conclusions follow in turn:

  • neither particle coordinate nor its velocity can have accurate values, because when the velocity uncertainty , and therefore the velocity itself turns into infinity, and when particle is totally delocalized, i.e. it can be detected in any point of the physical space;

  • there is no notion of the immediate speed as the Newtonian limit:

  • classical particle coordinate and velocity, defining its state in the classical mechanics in the moment of time, can be determined only approximately, when is finite and big enough;

  • in reality there is no continuous classical particle path – it is a rough notion, which is worthwhile only when intervals between adjacent measurements of the particle’s location are big enough;

  • prediction of the particle’s behaviour, deliberately approximate, which is defined by the pair of classical phase variables (, is possible only when taking into account its history, i.e. aftereffect, since:


    depends both on and .

We can also approach to the conclusion about the presence of aftereffect on basis of analysis (15), from the other side. Juxtaposing the classical velocity definition (14) with the uncertainty ratio (13) we realize that in (15) neither , nor , nor both of these quantities simultaneously can be defined accurately (otherwise the accurate value of the limit (14) would exist too), and the uncertainty depends on , and when (disappearance of the aftereffect) it formally becomes infinitely large (impossibility of the prediction).

Thus, quantum mechanics eliminates the classical mechanics paradox, connected with the absence of the aftereffect in mathematical models, used by it.

From quantum-mechanical analysis of the system and measuring “tool” interaction process (analysis, which was based on the perturbation theory) also follows that the uncertainty of the system energy value , acquired as a result of such an interaction, is connected with its duration in the ratio:


From quantum-mechanical analysis of the particle momentum measuring procedure, taking into account (16), follows one more ratio, which is useful for the future and connects the minimal possible uncertainty of the momentum with the duration of its measuring and change of the particle velocity during the time of measuring bib051 ():


It seems important to us to emphasize one more time, that in the quantum-mechanical axiomatics, expounded above, the measuring procedure, not values of the physical quantities as it was in the classical physics, moves to the first place. Meanwhile, as it follows from the postulates, the result of the measurement in the general case has probabilistic nature, not every value of the physical quantity can be permitted, and the system state turns out to be more or less uncertain, because of the uncontrollable interaction between the observed system and measuring tool.

The fact that the existence of immediate values of the physical quantities is actually conceded in non-relativistic quantum mechanics, allows bringing the wave function or density matrix (for open systems) in as the characteristic of the current system state. Meanwhile the wave function can have various representations (coordinate, momentum, matrix representation in one or another total system of proper functions, in state occupation numbers within the secondary quantization apparatus etc.).

Though, as it follows from the premises, the analysis, conducted even within the non-relativistic quantum mechanics apparatus, is the evidence of the idea, that there are neither immediate nor accurate values of the physical quantities for real systems and real measuring procedures. Within the bounds of non-relativistic quantum mechanics existence of the immediate accurate values of the physical quantities is a hypothesis useful for theory and practice, but impossible to confirm for sure by logical or experimental conclusions, as in the case of classical mechanics.

Let us make a number of remarks that are important in our opinion.

It is normal to consider non-relativistic quantum mechanics as a linear theory (e.g. bib019 ()), since the carrier of information on the current system state – its wave function – is subject to the linear equation – the Schrödinger equation, and physical quantities operators are entirely linear operators. Nevertheless it is not quite so.

The notion of a linear operator or linear transformation includes a superposition principle and at least assumes that the set of input and output elements form a linear space. But physical sense is peculiar only to normalized wave functions, i.e. to the solution of either the Schrödinger equation or the eigenfunction and operator eigenvalue equations with additional normalizing conditions. Though the set of normalized wave functions belongs to the linear space, it does not form the linear space on its own account.

It is well-known that a great number of non-linear problems exist within the bounds of classical mechanics, which is considered as a particular extreme case of quantum mechanics. In terms of common sense it seems to strange, how the more general and formally linear theory generates frequent non-linear problems.

Of course there are no paradoxes in it, and everything falls into place, if we take into account that mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics is, first of all, the operator formalism, based on operation algebra with special commutation relations, which is not linear at all; and the wave function is the secondary mathematical object derived from formalism.

Generally speaking, nonlinearity, as a concept opposite to the linearity notion, is substantial for rather narrow mathematical model class, underlain by linear (vector) space. Thus, for example, there is no point in speaking about nonlinearity of Boolean algebra and probability theory, they are just different mathematical models. However, the absolutization of the notion of value of the physical quantity, which is in the essence the natural element of the natural linear space, has lead to the absolutization of the notion of nonlinearity, including appearance of the disorienting and therefore poor, in our opinion, term: “nonlinear science” (i.e. science, which differs from the linear one).

Thereby, here we, conducting historical and logical analysis of notions, implicitly find arguments approving thesis about the priority of the measuring procedure against its result in quantum mechanics, i.e. value of the physical quantity, which can be considered as the characteristics of the current system state, which is secondary and deliberately subordinate.

And the last remark, it is well-known that time in quantum dynamic equations (e.g. the Schrödinger equation for the wave function in the coordinate representation) is formally reversible, but the specific character of quantum-mechanical monitoring (measuring) procedures makes it irreversible. So long as in the reality time is really irreversible, it will be natural to include time irreversibility into the axiom scheme as an experimentally found fact. Thereto it is enough to change the emphases, taking the primary nature and necessity of the measuring procedure (i.e. the action) as the basic, and, naturally, accepting the presence of the aftereffect and the influence, which the measuring procedure has on the result. In this case the question of the time irreversibility and existence of sets of parameters or variables, with the help of which it is possible to describe the system state and its evolution in time accurately, within the bounds of properly formulated axiom scheme of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, loses its philosophical currency.

Thus, we think that even on the ground of the analysis of non-relativistic quantum mechanics we have reason to accept the afore-mentioned hypothesis (thesis) which states that the notion of state in quantum physics is neither primary, nor fundamental. If we consider this very hypothesis as a “bridge” and rely on the emergence principle, it will be reasonable to found any theory of sufficiently complex dynamic systems on it.

The actual proof of this hypothesis can be found, through analyzing the real dynamics of real systems of any nature. However the most valid arguments for such conclusions, and they are just from natural sciences (which is extremely important from historical, psychological and philosophical points of view), are given by relativistic quantum physics. So let us proceed to the analysis of its conceptions.

5.3 Relativistic quantum mechanics. New paradigms in complex system modeling

Relativistic quantum mechanics is considered to be not entirely complete yet because of the lack of the proper experimental basis.

We should note that full experimental substantiation of one or another modern relativistic theory requires energies up to and more, which are yet inaccessible under terrestrial conditions (particles with such energy are relatively seldom registered with the help of extensive air shower method in cosmic rays), though some of the problems can be solved by the recently launched collider bib089 (), which is able to give the interaction energy up to on the colliding electron beams).

Nevertheless, the results, already achieved within its bounds of relativistic physics (and achieved rather long ago), corroborate the analysis conducted above and its conclusions, giving it not only technical but also conceptual character.

Among the new statements of relativistic quantum mechanics is the fundamental one, which says that any measuring procedure takes fundamentally finite time , therefore there are no immediate values of physical quantities. The limiting error (terminologically, we think, it will be more accurately to say, limiting uncertainty) of measuring any physical quantity is in this case increasing with the decrease of the time of measuring and finite under any finite , and the value itself can be attributed only to this time interval bib050 ().

Thus, if taking into account the relativistic constraint on the maximum possible change of velocity ( represents the light speed) in the ratio (17), it is possible to get the relativistic quantum uncertainty principle, expressed by the ratio bib050 ():


Thus the accurate value of a particle momentum can be obtained only when the time of measuring is equal to infinity, and it means that only one free particle momentum can be accurately measured, when the particle is in such (free) state for an infinite amount time.

We should note that mathematical formalism based on the Lie groups and algebra (algebra of operators, which follow certain commutation relations bib094 ()) is used to construct the vast majority of modern models in relativistic quantum mechanics, including the latest theories bib090 (), bib091 (), bib092 (), bib093 (). Thereby in mathematical formalism of relativistic quantum mechanics the dominating part of the procedure, of the action, is in fact ”legitimated”, and operator is its formal representation or mathematical image.

As we have already mentioned, non-relativistic quantum mechanics is created on the possibility of immediate measuring of quantities, which characterize the system, in principle. Just that very assumption gives an opportunity to bring the wave function in as the means of an unbiased description of system state and its evolution in time bib050 (), and consequently the notion of state as the fundamental system characteristic can be brought in as well.

Within the bounds of relativistic quantum mechanics this assumption is rejected, therefore the so-called scattering matrix or S-matrix gains in the biggest importance. This matrix allows, if the noninteracting particle system (when states are known, predicting the probability of various free particle system states, which occur after the interaction, when bib050 ().

Such a “refined” statement of the problem of experimental investigation of relativistic quantum effects can hardly correspond with the overwhelming majority of real physical processes which occur in nature, though it helps to get rather accurate and reproducible results and is rather useful for the elucidation of fundamental, but only physical laws of nature.

As far as we know, relativistic effects in quantum econophysics in the aspects that were touched upon above have not been discussed till now. However it doesn’t mean that there are no analogues of relativistic effects or their consequences in socio-economic processes, so long as the quantity, playing the part of the maximum possible velocity in these processes, doesn’t have to be connected with the physical light speed .

Thereby in terms of conceptual statements of relativistic quantum mechanics, taking the conducted analysis into account we have all reasons for accepting the hypothesis, which states that the particle measuring procedures (applied to any type of particles) take finite time in socio-economic systems as well, and the results of measurement depend on the chosen procedure and are secondary against the latter. It is also reasonable to accept the hypothesis, which says that there are no immediate values of economical and other quantities and indices, and the accuracy of measuring decreases when the time of the measuring diminishes (or these quantities lose their primary sense completely). The latter can be interpreted as one of the corroborations for the hypothesis of occurrence of the non-excludable aftereffect in system, i.e. memory.

Let us proceed to the further “relativistic” conclusions. The ultimate accuracy of measuring increases with the increase of its duration, but it is possible only when the system is in the constant state; therefore there is an optimal time of the measuring for real dynamic systems, which means that the optimal observation (measurement) on the system presently must be of discrete nature in time. The stride parameter, of course, depends on what is measured, and on the way how it is measured, and optimality has a subjective component in certain sense.

Formally (and not only formally in our opinion) any calculations in socio-economic systems, that involve the totality of initial data, including the dynamics prediction, must be labeled as complex indirect measurements (observations) in compliance with some kind of an algorithm. Thereby the algorithm becomes a measuring procedure, which generates the quantity respective to it, while the realization of this procedure, as the realization of any other one, can change the system state and its future behaviour unpredictably.

To make our conclusions even more convincing, we will carry out the following mental experiment. Let us assume that some kind of an authoritative and personally uninterested higher being (let us call him “SSS” - the “supercomputer” with “super-memory” and “supermodel”), having all the information on our world (including the information on its history), able to conduct any calculations and predict the future arbitrarily accurate, is predicting the rise of the dollar/euro cross-rate every other month roughly at 10% (dollar tumble).

If this information is inaccessible for others, it is likely to be like that. Not much will change in predictions, if “SSS” brings this information home to one of the businessmen, smart enough to carry out proper banking operations without any fuss and increase his capital every other month. If everybody gets this authoritative information, which is beyond any doubt (it comes from “SSS” himself!), the dollar/euro cross-rate will rise not every other month but every other day, and not at 10% but at dozen percents, if not times.

Let us assume that “SSS”, having imparted the first variant of his forecast to all the interested participants, will consider the other variant of it, taking into account that everybody is acquainted with his first version (which can be interpreted as expectations now) and has already made a decision. If this variant is known to the public at large as well, everything will be repeated all over again.

Within the bounds of the hypothesis of continuous time and infinite (“untimely”) computation velocity, such “ping-pong” between “SSS” and users of his information can go on endlessly, what leads to the insoluble paradox of both prognostication and real behaviour of the socio-economic dynamics.

Within the bounds of the foregoing approach, if we reject the infinity (and, of course, continuity) as the conceptual notion, such paradox simply will not appear within the bounds of the hereinabove explained approach - any ”ping-pong” takes time, and , if this ”future” will have become the ”past” by the moment of prediction, the predictions will become pointless (In this regard the real observed dynamics of the real world can be interpreted as the real-time work of some kind of the ”utmost”, unique and inimitable gigantic ”supercomputer”, when it is of no importance whether it is a determinate one or has some uncertainties. Our world is virtually such a one.)

We should mention that the part of not abstract “SSS” can be played by the possessor of a prediction technology (which is unique and rapid enough for that time) who has the necessary information content. It is he, who, being personally interested, can gain the local, in time or other financial and economical “coordinates”, profit.

It is evident that the abilities of such a materialized “SSS” depend on the historical experience, accumulated by this civilization, and mastered mass prediction technologies, therefore the socio-economic dynamics and reality of the ancient world, the Middle Ages, these days and of the more or less distant future – are different in their essence.

Thus, the new paradigms arise from our analysis, which is considerably based on the conceptual fundamentals of relativistic quantum mechanics. On our opinion, these paradigms must be accepted and taken as a principle of mathematical modeling of complex systems. In expanded form these conceptual statements can be formulated in the following way:

  • Priority of the measuring procedure against its result and its unavoidable influence on it;

  • Absence of the notion of immediate value of the physical quantity as a matter of principle, and, consequently, absence of the notion of system state as its fundamental characteristics;

  • Discretness and approximate nature of the system time dynamics (the dynamics is considered as the sequence of system definitionally approximate states under review);

  • Presence of the irremovable aftereffect, i.e. memory;

  • Finite length and influence of any measuring procedure, including observation and prediction, derived from realization of the algorithmic procedure, on system state and its future behaviour;

  • Refusal of the infinity as the conceptual notion;

  • Time irreversibility.

6 Algorithmic models with discrete time

The statements, expounded above, seem quite obvious to us not only in terms of physics, but with a view to the observation practice, research and real functioning of socio-economics systems. Therefore they must be taken into account during the mathematical statement of relevant problems.

Algorithmic models are gaining importance in connection with it, being discrete in their essence and putting the algorithm, i.e. the procedure, the action, with the help of which one or another process fulfils itself, on the first place.

It is well-known that the algorithmic approach, was developed in due time by A.N. Kolmogorov (the Kolmogorov complexity theory, 1956) bib095 (), who foreknew the great future for it. It was he who made one of the first indications of the priority and independence of the discrete approach (against the continuous one) in the modeling of complex systems bib079 ().

It seems to us that within the bounds of this very approach, when using the algorithmic models extensively, we can take into consideration and implement all the above-listed conceptual statements, concerning the problem definition and solving in mathematical modeling of complex systems. Let us consider one of such opportunities.

6.1 General statement of the discrete modeling problem

Sufficiently great algorithm class of models with discrete time can be specified by the recurrent process of the following form:


where is representing the nonlinear mapping of the multidimensional vector , is for discrete, real or fictitious time, is an input pattern which is considered to be set in every member function. In the particular case it is possible for not to depend on discrete time , (autonomous models):


Autonomous models usually describe systems, which are considered to be isolated. Strictly speaking, the process (19) can be considered a recurrent one only in this case, although formally process (20) can be made autonomous, by giving discrete time the dependent variable status and adding the ratio (but in this case the new process, formally autonomous, will have the deliberately unlimited amplitude).

Within the bounds of the model (20) we will be interested in divergent, limited, nonperiodical sequences, since they can reflect complex processes, occurring in real systems without the participation of exogenous (external) factors.

Determinate chaos models bib054 (); bib056 (); bib096 (), neural networks bib097 (); bib098 (); bib099 () and continuous models, based on differential and integral equations (after being realized in one or another difference scheme bib100 ()) virtually come to the models (19), (20).

However, on our opinion, classical differential and integral equations form a rather narrow model class, which does not involve all the problem spectrum of modern complex system theory, since, as it has been already mentioned, differential equation don’t include aftereffect and the integral ones don’t take into account all possible nonlinearities, that can occur in the system (the integrating operation is linear by definition). In addition, both of them are based on the untestable hypothesis of the existence of infinities and assume the existence of limits, which not always takes place.

Identification of the model (19) comes to the function definition, and the differences between determinate chaos models and neural networks are connected with the form and methods of defining these functions (in the neural network models a narrow, from the mathematical point of view, representation class is used). Generally speaking steadiness or convergence of the processes (19), (20) is not assumed, and either a single-stage vector component set or their time history can be of interest.

A single-component model with the memory of the following form:


can be also brought down to the model (20) relative to the -dimensional vector , when the proper lag variables are being brought in:

Thus, due to the finite time digitization models with memory can be created on basis of the model (20), though it does not contain aftereffect (the future depends only on the present).

The question on, whether it is possible to bring the vector model without memory (20) with components to the model with memory (21) for one of the components (this procedure has a certain analogy with the process of combining a system of the first-order differential equations into a single one of the higher order), requires separate consideration, which will be carried out later.

6.2 On the time irreversibility. The Verhulst model

Within the bounds of the model (20) time irreversibility can be concerned as the biunique correspondence between the vectors and on the certain subset of the system (20) phase space :


In the general case must include the system attractor – the subset , and belong to the subset , which is a subset of initial values, drawing the system up to the attractor :


Let us consider the Verhulst model bib101 (); bib102 (); bib103 () as the simplest example. The model is a nonlinear logical and single-component mapping in the following form:


where is a given numerical parameter. We chose the limits for and so that values would stay positive with any chosen .

The largest extremum of the function is reached in the point where :


The inverse mapping is:


and is a two-digit one, generally speaking.

Thereby, the Verhulst model is the one with the irreversible discrete time. However, if the following condition is fulfilled:


and the interval is chosen for the subset, the inverse mapping becomes a single-digit one.

6.3 Aftereffect and “long” memory in discrete models with nonlinearities

Let us consider the problem of bringing the vector model (20) to the scalar model (21) for one of the components. Let us start from the case of a two-component model:


In order to exclude the variables, we will write down a system of three equations for 5 variables , having temporarily equated to simplify the notation:


Let us assume that the second equation of the system (29) can be definitely solved relative to the variable, i.e. the function has an inverse one relative to this variable:


Substituting the third equation of the system (29) into its first one:


and substituting the expression (30) for in the (31), we get:


Such memory, the length of which is determined by the number of components in the initial vector model (28) (where the aftereffect is absent), can be called short for convenience.

If the inverse mapping (30) in the phase variables domain of variation is ambiguous, for example it has two branches:


we should choose the branch, corresponding with the value, which is observed (given) within the initial model (28), for this pair of variables.

Thereby the mapping (32) becomes virtually not only the function of , but also of :




It follows from the received correlation chain, that even in the two-component system (28) the “long” single-component memory, determined by nonlinear and obligatory nonmonotonic interactions of the components, is actually possible. Of course, everything afore-mentioned can be considered to be merely necessary conditions for the realization of arbitrary “long” single-component memory in systems (20) with the limited quantity of components; however the wealth of trajectories and phase portraits, observed for such systems during numerical experiments, leaves us hoping for the existence of sufficient conditions. To reach these conditions a model with more than two components will be, probably, required, however it does not change the essence of the analysis conducted and conclusions made. The ternary nonlinear Lorenz’s mapping bib104 () can be considered to be one of the examples of the model, where it is possible to realize the “long” single-component memory.

Let us briefly consider the scheme of reasoning and computations for the ternary model (:


We will write a set of equations,


for variables,


lettered as , having equated to simplify the notation as before (when :


Substituting the expressions ((41 and (42 into the right side of equation (39)


and further expressions ((44,(45) into (46) we get:


In order to exclude variables in (47) we use the ratio (40), having substituted expressions for (45, 46) and ratio (43) in it beforehand.


If the mapping (48) is biunique relatively to the pair of variables , i.e. if there is a single solution of the set (48):


then, substituting from (49) into (47), we will finally receive:


If the inverse mapping in for (48) is not a single one, it is necessary to carry out the reasoning, similar to the one conducted in the case of two-component model, which leads to the possibility of existence of the “long” single-component memory in the mapping for the component.

Similar calculations and reasoning can be carried out for etc., and the conclusions will remain the same. It is also obvious that we can consider any other component instead of in any situation, what will lead only to the change of components indices; it is also possible to consider groups of components, which form any part of the initial component set.

The idea of bringing the set of equations for the multicomponent model to one equation (a group of lower equation count) for one of the components (group of components) is, as it has been already mentioned, analogous to the idea of bringing the system of ordinary first-order differential equations to one differential equation (group of quations) of higher order for one of the initial (a group of the initial) unknown functions. However there is an important difference – aftereffect, i.e. memory, does not appear in the set of differential equations because of the limiting process (the size of pace according to time tents to zero).

Let us imagine for a moment, hypothetically, a dynamic Universe model as the complex nonlinear autonomous system, which started functioning within the bounds of a discrete model of the (20) type in some reasonably distant initial moment of time .

Taking into consideration the huge initial number of components of such a model and complex, nonlinear character of their interactions, we can assume that sufficiently long observation of some limited part of its components will show the “long” memory, the uncertainties, the absence of repetitions (creation of new information) etc. At least, the analysis conducted above does not exclude such a possibility, though the realization of it is likely to be a rather rare phenomenon in our Universe both in time and space, demanding a number of specific circumstances. Our Earth could serve as an example of such a realization, having reached a noosphere (the highest for today) phase of its development by now.

7 New paradigms and problems of complex systems mathematical description

Having conducted the afore-mentioned analysis, we made some conclusions, and not claiming to make it universal we will briefly dwell on some problems of philosophic, conceptual and technical nature, that appear during mathematical modeling of real complex systems discussions and problem statement.

7.1 About the nature of uncertainties and role of action in mathematical statement of a problem

When the attempts to describe the mechanism of the evolutionary development of the Universe, which would take into account the practical impossibility of an accurate future prediction, are taken the two paradigms collide:

  • incompleteness of the information on the Universe, including its past, and rough character of any model as a result;

  • probabilistic nature of future against the present.

Both paradigms are virtually untestable though.

Indeed, concerning the first paradigm, any information on the system must have a material object, which is either a part of the system (and cannot contain the full description of it), or an external system, interacting with it, i.e. a part of a new fuller system. In this case the interpretation of the process uncertainty is brought to different variations of hidden variables model bib018 (); bib105 (); bib106 (); bib107 (); bib108 () within the bounds of this paradigm.

The second paradigm virtually comes from the hypothesis of existence of multiple, absolutely identical parallel worlds (the quantum ensemble of worlds) in every moment of time, when each of them can develop itself according to its own probabilistic scenario, but only one of them is realized in our world and observed by us bib018 () (the many-world interpretation was suggested first in bib109 () with the prehistory of it in bib110 ()). Thus, according to this paradigm, the real world dynamics is a chain or a sequence of events, having a random component of the quantum-mechanical nature.

However, the notion of an accidental event and probability assumes a hypothetical possibility of infinite experiment repeatability under identical conditions, and, by the reason of it, the probability theory must be considered to be merely one of possible and deliberately approximate models of description of uncertainties observed in the world.

In fact there are no accurate procedures, which would give the opportunity to distinguish the “true” random sequence of events or quantities from the “pseudorandom” one, i.e. the one similar to the arbitrary, such as generated by any suitable determinate chaos model. Really and truly any “random” finite sequence cannot be random because of its finiteness, and any “nonrandom” finite sequence can be considered to be the one of possible and scarce samples of a true infinite random sequence. (Here we proceed from the idea, that the notion of infinity is the one of hypotheses, unverifiable on principle, which included as one of the postulates into the rigorous theory of sets bib077 ().)

Moreover, socio-economic phenomena don’t repeat themselves accurately, and quite low disturbances in real systems can lead to rather big anomalies, which are hard to predict (crises, crashes, bankruptcies and other phenomena of critical character, that usually show their individual and unique peculiarities).

Both paradigms mentioned above proceed from the assumption that there is a notion of system state and this notion is the primary and fundamental one. However, repeating the above written, if take into consideration those conceptually new things the modern theoretical physics has brought into the world, including the relativity theory and relativistic quantum mechanics, and be consistent in application of the general system theory, the notions of measuring procedure and interaction between the system and measuring tool, i.e. the result of the process, become primary and fundamental. It seems to us that with such statement of a question uncertainty of the state becomes merely a technical problem. Particularly, within the bounds of quantum mechanics uncertainty of the state, i.e. of the quantities characterizing it, is a consequence of certain commutation relations of algebra of operators of these quantities bib052 ().

For justice’ sake it is necessary to mention, that such a point of view on the fundamental role of action, not the status, was upheld by the prominent world and native psychologist and philosopher S. L. Rubinshtein, who is the author of the fundamental work “Fundamentals of General Psychology” bib053 (), written more than forty years ago, but still actual. A scientist of encyclopedic knowledge, educated in the field of natural sciences, mathematics, psychology and philosophy, S. L. Rubinshtein conducted a brilliant analysis of historical development of conceptual fundamentals of scientific world-view. The authors think that he consciously did not use mathematical formalism, realizing that the language of mathematics of “states” and “functions” known to him is not appropriate for the level and essence of problems, he was solving.

Economists involved in researches and discussing fundamental problems of modern economical theory, use mathematical language carefully or don’t use it at all (even nowadays, in time of “informatization” and “computerization”), preferring to bring in their own, new and ex facte unusual notions, when the doubts in its adequacy appear. Thus, the notion of coordination is brought in to characterize the stable socio-economic system state in the monograph written by famous French scientist and practitioner J. Sapir “Economic theory of heterogeneous systems: an essay on decentralized economies” bib049 (). It is impossible to bring this notion to such mathematical or physical concepts as equality, identity, equivalence, equilibrium, stationarity etc. This notion should rather be considered to be some kind of a specific characteristic of the non-stationary action, which secures stable and steady structural existence for socio-economic system. Here we find implicit “economical” arguments for the thesis on the priority of the procedure in description of complex systems dynamics.

Sufficiently persuasive evidences in favour of our positions are present in works of the greatest specialist in both classical mathematics and mathematical fundamentals of modern quantum theory, academician V. P. Maslov. In his latest work, dealing with the mathematical model of the world economical crisis of 2008 bib031 (), he clearly shows that the probability theory and the theory of optimization, which form the fundamentals of modern economic science, are inadequate as the mathematical toolbox for dynamic description of modern economy. On his opinion, the Kolmogorov complexity theory bib095 (), based on the algorithmic approach, should be used as an alternative.

And, finally, we can’t help mentioning the empiriomonism of famous Russian politician, economist and thinker A. A. Bogdanov bib111 () and his organizational science – tectology bib064 (); bib065 (). His ideas are close to ideas of the general system theory, having anticipated cybernetics, had been wrongly forgotten because of the political motives (both in the West and in Russia) for almost a century. These ideas have actually outstripped their time for century, and only now they start to enter the modern science. His interpretation of organization as the action, which is the fundamental element of the process of functioning in any system, is rather similar to ours and other modern conceptions in philosophical sense. It corroborates the old conception one more time: any new thing or idea is a well-forgotten old one, having been pulled out and rediscovered in the “right” time and in the “right” place. Unfortunately he thought about the Einstein relativity theory rather critically and wasn’t thoroughly aware of quantum physics, arising at that time and being beyond his scientific interests.

Thus the conceptions, not necessarily coincident with the traditional ones, should form the fundamentals of mathematical modeling of complex systems dynamics of any nature. Relativistic quantum mechanics, as it has been already mentioned, can serve as one of such sources, however, a certain level of caution will be required in this case.

7.2 About peculiarities, problems and correctness of quantum mechanical socio-economic systems modeling

Most of the researchers who use quantum-mechanical models to explain socio-economic phenomena, market dynamics in particular, assume that state distribution of the set of its agents (by state strategies are meant) conform to Bose-Einstein statistics (e.g. bib018 (); bib020 (); bib021 (); bib023 (); bib031 (); bib032 (); bib033 (); bib034 ()). It means that at one state (one strategy) an arbitrary large amount of agents can coexist. Is it really like that?

If analyze the real behaviour and interrelations of market (or any other socio-economic process) participants thoroughly, it is possible to make a conclusion, that the equilibrium condition (“equilibrium” competition) is not a fundamental phenomenon, moreover it is a relatively rare one. During any kind of interaction in real systems domination relations quickly get established, since they are more constructive and stable – and that is, if speaking of quantum-mechanical analogies, rather the Fermi-Dirac statistics (only one agent can be at each state).

From the microparticles identity principle and equations of quantum mechanics comes a special quantum-mechanical exchange interaction, which is implemented in the group of identical particles and put into effect according to the ”each to every other” principle bib051 (); bib052 (). However, this principle is of local nature and can get broken, if the size of the system considerably exceeds the product of the light speed and the time of observing the system (lagging effects). Mechanical transfer of the interaction mechanism (according to the principle of intermeshed exchanges) to socio-economic systems, where agents play the part of microparticles, and the relativistic interaction lagging effect analogues are not necessarily connected with light velocity, is not quite competent.

The sufficiently successful explanation of some statistic characteristics and dynamic peculiarities of market behavior, derived from quantum-mechanical calculations with the help of Bose statistics bib018 (), may not be connected with choosing that very quantum-mechanical model. Multicomponent nonlinear models, e.g. (20), can give rise to rather rich and various scenarios of the dynamic system behavior, even under the circumstances of small quantity of varying parameters and variables (determinate chaos models bib056 ()). Such models can be tangential to equations of quantum mechanics, but let us emphasize that fundamental quantum-mechanical principles are present in them and observed in their essential peculiarities.

Complex systems are usually synergetic systems with “long memory” (information on their history), characterized by intensive metabolism (constant “pumping” of energy and substance) and able to generate new information. Formal quantum-mechanical problem statement, pretending to be the one to make a detailed “microscopic” description of such a complex system, can turn out to be inadequate to the processes that really take place in the system, although it will reproduce some external peculiarities of its behavior.

By the same reason conservation laws that form the basis of equations of physical dynamics and must answer physical processes can have no analogues in socio-economic processes. Indeed, in such processes an informational component is present (including informational asymmetries of agents bib112 ()), transaction costs are possible (the “fifth” market bib113 ()) and memory occurs (institutions, mentality bib114 (); bib115 ()), the energy and substance receipt and dissipation take place, other types of “rough” and “delicate” interaction between the environment and the past are also possible.

Real non-linear interactions in the multi-component socio-economic system can change the relations between agents and generate a complex dynamics in the way, that traditional analysis, conducted according to the scheme “structure-state-interaction-dynamics” would hardly explain anything concerning dynamic system behaviour (synergetic effect, aftereffect, “long memory”, threshold phenomena, conditioned by weak interactions with the environment etc.). On the other hand structureless “field” approaches, based on the ideas of the quantum field theory (the unified field theory), if developed, would possibly turn out to be not productive as well.

On our opinion only measured, discrete by definition, data series, characterizing dynamic change of system state during quite long time period , can serve as the source of information about complex system.

In this case that problem statement becomes acceptable and reasonable, where the approximate prediction of system behaviour, its informative characteristics and algorithm design are considered. Such a statement is typical for the new scientific direction in socio-economic processes – data analysis (developed since 1990) bib116 (); bib117 ().

Concerning time irreversibility and discrecity, it can be added that time irreversibility must be considered as an experimentally found within the bounds of its application, fact. Time characterizes duration of procedures, processes, phenomena, i.e. the duration of actions, and can be determined only with the help of various actions. Minimal time interval is actually determined by the observed action of minimal duration. However, according to the special and general relativity theories this notion (i.e. the idea of duration) must be considered as the one, which is relative, local in time and space and depending on the coordinate system [bib118 ()].

In theoretical physics, energy and momentum (angular momentum) conservation laws are considered as fundamental consequences of homogeneity of our time and space (space isotropy) [bib084 ()]. Hypotheses on their continuity are the convenient, but not necessary component for receipt of respective laws of conservations. For example the energy conservation law can be considered as the universal postulated technology of detection of new (or already known) interactions and types of energy and substance transformation in physical systems. Thus the new elementary particle neutrino was discovered as the consequence of formally observed failure of conservation laws during experiments on -decay of radioactive elements. (The weak interaction connected with neutrino was so “weak” that this particle can fly through the Sun and experience no collision.) The other example is Einstein’s ratio of energy and mass , which tied physical quantities, considered to be heterogeneous before that.

On our opinion, during mathematical modeling of complex systems laws of conservation of various quantities, time irreversibility or reversibility, its discrecity and continuity, homo- or heterogeneity etc. must be considered as the properties of this very mathematical model, first of all appreciating the level of its adaptation to the description of real properties and real system dynamics, the history of which must be considered as unique experiment data, not always possible to repeat. The level of system adequacy to the processes investigated, maximum possible predictability and practical significance must serve as the basic criteria of the model.

8 Conclusion

To resume we will briefly formulate new paradigms and main conceptual statements in complex systems modeling, which come from the analysis we conducted.

  • Priority of the measuring (observing, action, interaction) procedure against its result;

  • Unoriginality and approximate nature of notions of “system state” and “immediate values of quantities” as characteristics of this state;

  • Finite length and unremovable influence of any measuring procedure, including computer prediction (indirect measurement), the state and future behaviour of the system;

  • Uncertainty principle and its fundamental connection with the duration of the measuring procedure;

  • Discreteness of time, space and any other quantity, connected with the notion of state and system dynamics;

  • Aftereffect (memory) as the fundamental quality of any complex dynamical system;

  • Refusal of infinity as the conceptual notion;

  • Time irreversibility;

  • Openness;

  • Hierarchy;

  • Emergence.

Some of the afore-mentioned positions coincide with positions of the general system theory, what is not strange from the one side, and allows interpreting our analysis as the physical quantum-mechanical substantiation of system conceptions in modeling complex systems from the other one bib022 ().

In this analysis and conclusions facts and postulates of relativistic quantum physics and experience of observing and researching real socio-economic systems are considerably used, which gives us the reason to relate this work to the new direction in physical economics, declared in the name – relativistic quantum econophysics.

We have begun specific research and development on realization of the above-listed conceptions in modeling and prediction of socio-economic processes, based on the observation data (history) of relevant time series bib119 (); bib120 (); bib121 (). One of the prediction technologies is based on the use of complex Markov chains (Markov chains with memory), is implemented in Matlab 6.5 environment and is currently being tested on the stock fund indexes and exchange rates data.


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