Very cool stuff, although initially somewhat "brute-force" in their articulation of "recognition"
What will be argued here is that the scope of recognition processes between parts is increased when preceded by their dispersal, which multiplies the number of encounters and creates a richer potential for recognition.
Very interesting, reading it now. Funny how B.Testa is like de facto authority on subject. With "Dissolvence" the only other paper I found was also his - my browser won't let me see it:http://idc311-www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065249097800032
(More about drug research or something)
And, of course, the cellular automata approach:http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/3/2/27
--- Back to the text at hand----http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/11/4/993
So, first read initially started me thinking that increasing the number and variety of encounters, by dispersion, does not immediately obtain greater probability of recognition. I think the discriminating factor would have to the repetition of particular encounters. Although by dispersion the number of encounters increases, their repetition, discrimination and recognition would only increase at the expense of variety...
Then I realize that might be addressed by "The Kullback-Lieber Divergence", although I have no idea why. Then my understanding of Top-Down" in the context of submersion indicates that I should probably give this a second pass... Sleepy time now.