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Describing Information

Most of the tutorials and research conducted with this simulator are fundamentally concerned with information and the movement of information. This means that we are constantly faced with the difficult questions, "What is information?" and "What is communication?"

Shannon provides us with a formal treatment of information and communication based on the measurement of entropy. For Shannon, there is no specific definition of information, per se. Information exists in a message - a sequence of symbols or a function of time and other variables. In this tutorial, we generally limit ourselves to the idea of information as a message made up of a sequence of symbols from some alphabet.

In another perspective, information will be anything that is digitizable.

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