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
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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
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Visual assistance for cosmic blind spots

A bit of imagination on the part of a measuring instrument wouldn't be a bad thing. It could help to add data from areas where the instrument is unable to measure. However, it must do so constructively. In ...

Nov 23, 2009
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