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information theory

n.
The theory of the probability of transmission of messages with specified accuracy when the bits of information constituting the messages are subject, with certain probabilities, to transmission failure, distortion, and accidental additions.

information theory

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(Mathematics) a collection of mathematical theories, based on statistics, concerned with methods of coding, transmitting, storing, retrieving, and decoding information

informa′tion the`ory


n.
the mathematical theory concerned with the content, transmission, storage, and retrieval of information, usu. in the form of messages or data.
[1945–50]
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Noun1.information theory - (computer science) a statistical theory dealing with the limits and efficiency of information processing
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
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6-17) Interestingly, in the study of finite-block-length theory, the formulation of quantum information theory becomes closer to that of classical information theory.
The existence of multiple representations for the same object rules out memory-optimality in classical information theory, but not in the new theory.
Opening contributions discuss classical information theory and computational complexity.

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