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Modeling RealityHow Computers Mirror Life$
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Iwo Bialynicki-Birula and Iwona Bialynicka-Birula

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198531005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198531005.001.0001

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Twenty questions

Twenty questions

Probability and information

Chapter:
(p.39) 5 Twenty questions
Source:
Modeling Reality
Author(s):

Iwo Białynicki-Birula

Iwona Białynicka-Birula

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198531005.003.0005

Information is one of the key concepts of modern age. Storing, transforming, and transporting information is nowadays more important than storing and transporting goods. Computers are our tools for working with information and the important problem is how to measure the amount of information. This fundamental problem is explained with the use of a very simple model — the game of twenty questions.

Keywords:   Shannon measure, twenty questions, computers, measure

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