Questions tagged [information-theory]

Questions about Information theory, entropy, and information content of various sources

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Can PRNGs be used to magically compress stuff?

This idea occurred to me as a kid learning to program and on first encountering PRNG's. I still don't know how realistic it is, but now there's stack exchange. Here's a 14 year-old's scheme for an ...
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Generalizing the Comparison Sorting Lower Bound Proof

Let's start with the comparison sorting lower bound proof, which I'll summarize as follows: For $n$ distinct numbers, there are $n!$ possible orderings. There is only one correct sorted sequence of ...
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Compressing normally distributed data

Given normally distributed integers with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation $\sigma$ around 1000, how do I compress those numbers (almost) perfectly? Given the entropy of the Gaussian distribution, ...
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Which fingerprinting/hashing algorithms support compounding?

The definition of fingerprinting algorithms in Wikipedia describe a property called compounding as you can see here as: Some fingerprinting algorithms allow the fingerprint of a composite file to ...
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Is Morse code without spaces uniquely decipherable?

Are all Morse code strings uniquely decipherable? Without the spaces, ......-...-..---.-----.-..-..-.. could be Hello World ...
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Compression functions are only practical because “The bit strings which occur in practice are far from random”?

I would have made a comment, as this pertains to Andrej Bauer's answer in this thread; however, I believe it is worth a question. Andrej explains that given the set of all bit strings of length 3 or ...
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