# Source code for neurokit2.complexity.information_fisher

```
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
from .utils_complexity_embedding import complexity_embedding
[docs]
def fisher_information(signal, delay=1, dimension=2):
"""**Fisher Information (FI)**
The Fisher information was introduced by R. A. Fisher in 1925, as a measure of "intrinsic
accuracy" in statistical estimation theory. It is central to many statistical fields far beyond
that of complexity theory. It measures the amount of information that an observable random
variable carries about an unknown parameter. In complexity analysis, the amount of information
that a system carries "about itself" is measured. Similarly to :func:`SVDEn <entropy_svd>`, it
is based on the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) of the :func:`time-delay embedded <complexity_embedding>`
signal. The value of FI is usually anti-correlated with other measures of complexity (the more
information a system withholds about itself, and the more predictable and thus, less complex it
is).
See Also
--------
entropy_svd, information_mutual, complexity_embedding, complexity_delay, complexity_dimension
Parameters
----------
signal : Union[list, np.array, pd.Series]
The signal (i.e., a time series) in the form of a vector of values.
delay : int
Time delay (often denoted *Tau* :math:`\\tau`, sometimes referred to as *lag*) in samples.
See :func:`complexity_delay` to estimate the optimal value for this parameter.
dimension : int
Embedding Dimension (*m*, sometimes referred to as *d* or *order*). See
:func:`complexity_dimension` to estimate the optimal value for this parameter.
Returns
-------
fi : float
The computed fisher information measure.
info : dict
A dictionary containing additional information regarding the parameters used
to compute fisher information.
Examples
----------
.. ipython:: python
import neurokit2 as nk
signal = nk.signal_simulate(duration=2, frequency=5)
fi, info = nk.fisher_information(signal, delay=10, dimension=3)
fi
"""
# Sanity checks
if isinstance(signal, (np.ndarray, pd.DataFrame)) and signal.ndim > 1:
raise ValueError(
"Multidimensional inputs (e.g., matrices or multichannel data) are not supported yet."
)
embedded = complexity_embedding(signal, delay=delay, dimension=dimension)
W = np.linalg.svd(embedded, compute_uv=False)
W /= np.sum(W) # normalize singular values
FI_v = (W[1:] - W[:-1]) ** 2 / W[:-1]
return np.sum(FI_v), {"Dimension": dimension, "Delay": delay, "Values": FI_v}
```