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Introduction to Information Theory

Santa Fe Institute via Complexity Explorer

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Overview

This tutorial introduces fundamental concepts in information theory. Information theory has made considerable impact in complex systems, and has in part co-evolved with complexity science. Research areas ranging from ecology and biology to aerospace and information technology have all seen benefits from the growth of information theory.

In this tutorial, students will follow the development of information theory from bits to modern application in computing and communication. Along the way Seth Lloyd introduces valuable topics in information theory such as mutual information, boolean logic, channel capacity, and the natural relationship between information and entropy.

Lloyd coherently covers a substantial amount of material while limiting discussion of the mathematics involved. When formulas or derivations are considered, Lloyd describes the mathematics such that less advanced math students will find the tutorial accessible. Prerequisites for this tutorial are an understanding of logarithms, and at least a year of high-school algebra.

 

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Seth Lloyd

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Alvaro P
5.0 a month ago
by Alvaro completed this course.
Great course which gives you an overal introduction to information theory, which is pretty useful if you are starting to inmerse yourself in computer science or programming.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
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Great course! Very clear explanations, fun anegdotes and nice quizes. Professor Seth Lloyd is a great and engaging teacher. I found the knowledge gained in this course very useful. If you're interested in information theory I full heartedly recommend this course!
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Alejandro C
5.0 a month ago
by Alejandro completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Professor Loyd gave a nice overview of the topic, his explanations where amazing! I took it in order to establish a research area in my university and we have done nice project
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good course! a concrete course, easy and that gives you a general vision of the theory of information in addition to examples.
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