News tagged with information theory

Explained: Gallager codes

In the 1948 paper that created the field of information theory, MIT grad (and future professor) Claude Shannon threw down the gauntlet to future generations of researchers. In those predigital days, communications ...

Jan 21, 2010 4.6 / 5 (11) 0 | with audio podcast

Explained: The Shannon limit

It's the early 1980s, and you’re an equipment manufacturer for the fledgling personal-computer market. For years, modems that send data over the telephone lines have been stuck at a maximum rate of 9.6 kilobits ...

Jan 19, 2010 4.5 / 5 (21) 5 | with audio podcast

Clarke clarifies pattern recognition theory of humour

Recent commentary has suggested that the extent to which anomaly theories have become ingrained in the minds of academics and popular commentators alike has led to certain common assumptions and misconceptions about Clarke's pattern recognition theory of humour. ...

Mar 26, 2009 5 / 5 (1) 0