General Survey of the Mathematical Model for a Communication Channel

  • Giuseppe Longo
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 18)


Information Theory is concerned with the generation, transmission and processing of certain quantities which are assumed to represent in some way an “amount of information”. Of course a definition of “information” in general terms is by no means obvious, but since Information Theory has developed mostly in a precise though restricted direction, it is always possible to make reference to a well-determined meaning of “information”. Such a meaning, originated from the pioneering work of C.E. Shannon [1] , is primarily concerned with the transmission problems, and has a statistical, or probabilistic character, which makes that modern branch of Communication Theory which embodies Information Theory be called Statistical Communication Theory [2]


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Longo
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  1. 1.University of TriesteItaly

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