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How to Be Unbiased
  • Hermann Haken
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 1)

Abstract

In this chapter we want to show how, by some sort of new interpretation of probability theory, we get an insight into a seemingly quite different discipline, namely information theory. Consider again the sequence of tossing a coin with outcomes 0 and 1. Now interpret 0 and 1 as a dash and dot of a Morse alphabet. We all know that by means of a Morse alphabet we can transmit messages so that we may ascribe a certain meaning to a certain sequence of symbols. Or, in other words, a certain sequence of symbols carries information. In information theory we try to find a measure for the amount of information.

Keywords

Entropy Black Ball Suffix 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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