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Information Theory

Information theory is a branch of electrical engineering, applied mathematics and theoretical computer science involving the development of a mathematical theory of information.

Information theory was developed by Claude E. Shannon to find fundamental limits on signal processing and communication operations such as compression, reliable communication, and storage of information. Since its inception it has broadened to find applications in many other areas, including statistical inference, cryptography and networking.

The key measure of information is known as entropy which is measured in bits. Its impact has been crucial to the success of the Voyager missions to deep space, the invention of the compact disc, the feasibility of mobile phones, the development of the Internet, the study of linguistics and of human perception, the understanding of black holes, and numerous other fields, see impact of information theory.

Important sub-fields of information theory are source coding, channel coding, algorithmic information theory, information-theoretic security, and measures of information.

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