information theory


Definition of information theory

: a theory that deals statistically with information, with the measurement of its content in terms of its distinguishing essential characteristics or by the number of alternatives from which it makes a choice possible, and with the efficiency of processes of communication between humans and machines

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Tononi christened this view integrated information theory (IIT). Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019 Some are short quotes from books on computer science, information theory, encryption, and cinematography. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 In the first part of this century, economist George Gilder has drawn on the mathematical models known as information theory to explain how the entrepreneur solves problems that lead to better use of our resources. Peter Crabb, idahostatesman, "Entrepreneurs and new ideas lead us forward, drive prosperity | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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