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Intrinsic limits on dimension calculations

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The combined influences of boundary effects at large scales and nonzero nearest neighbor separations at small scales are used to compute intrinsic limits on the minimum size of a data set required for calculation of scaling exponents. A lower bound on the number of points required for a reliable estimation of the correlation exponent is given in terms of the dimension of the object and the desired accuracy. A method of estimating the correlation integral computed from a finite sample of a white noise signal is given.

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