Shannon's Communication Theory


In the late 1940s Claude Shannon at Bell Labs invented Information Theory. It was of interest to Bell Labs because it provided a way of determining the necessary carrying capacity of communication lines. When Shannon investigated ordinary language he found that it is 50% redundant; it uses that percentage of sounds or letters that are not strictly necessary to carry meaning.






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The Exploratorium, 1996

Shannon's Communication Theory

Shannon's Communication Theory


In the late 1940s Claude Shannon at Bell Labs invented Information Theory. It was of interest to Bell Labs because it provided a way of determining the necessary carrying capacity of communication lines. When Shannon investigated ordinary language he found that it is 50% redundant; it uses that percentage of sounds or letters that are not strictly necessary to carry meaning.






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The Exploratorium, 1996