Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Three guys walk into a bar: an information theoretic analysis

Buy Article:

$48.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

This study posits a scenario in which three famous information theorists meet each other in a bar and compare notes. The three include the celebrated information theorist Claude Shannon, the eighteenth century English statistician Thomas Bayes, and the Harvard statistical linguist George Zipf. Each promoted a foundational equation concerning human communication and the updating of beliefs based on new information. They discover that with some modest mathematical transformations they can demonstrate that each of the equations, although based on entirely distinct phenomena in physics, statistics, and linguistics, has the same basic structural form. The core of the analysis explores how such distinct phenomena share similar nonlinear structural properties, i.e., non-Gaussian distributions and why an understanding of these properties is important for communication research and the analysis of advanced information systems.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Information theory; information diversity; new media; psychology of learning; statistics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: MAGNET, New York University, New York, NY, USA

Publication date: January 28, 2019

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more