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Entropy 2003, 5(2), 146-160;

Information Theory: a Multifaceted Model of Information

Department of Mathematics, University of California, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Received: 10 January 2003 / Accepted: 12 February 2003 / Published: 30 June 2003
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A contradictory and paradoxical situation that currently exists in information studies can be improved by the introduction of a new information approach, which is called the general theory of information. The main achievement of the general theory of information is explication of a relevant and adequate definition of information. This theory is built as a system of two classes of principles (ontological and sociological) and their consequences. Axiological principles, which explain how to measure and evaluate information and information processes, are presented in the second section of this paper. These principles systematize and unify different approaches, existing as well as possible, to construction and utilization of information measures. Examples of such measures are given by Shannon’s quantity of information, algorithmic quantity of information or volume of information. It is demonstrated that all other known directions of information theory may be treated inside general theory of information as its particular cases. View Full-Text
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Burgin, M. Information Theory: a Multifaceted Model of Information. Entropy 2003, 5, 146-160.

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