# Document (#18279)

Author
Narasimhamurthi, N.
Title
¬A primer on information theory
Source
Information studies. 2(1996) no.3, S.187-202
Year
1996
Abstract
Presents, at an elementary level, the central ideas of information theory in terms of naive probability theory. Information theory rests on the 2 pillars of quantifying uncertainty and coding and deals with how best to code information so that its uncertainty can be reduced most efficiently. Develops the quantification of uncertainty in 2 steps: first, the special case when all possible outcomes have the same probability; and second, the general case when all possibilities need not be equally probable. Examines 2 forms of coding: proactive and reactive. Coding is essentially an artificial classification or indexing of data and this aspect of information theory is of interest to anyone classifying, storing, and disseminating information
Theme
Information

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