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### Relation Between Different Definitions of Information Distance

I'm reading the fourth edition of An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications by Li and Vitanyi. In Section 8.3 of the book, it introduces the concept of "information distance.&...
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### Why the measure of information complexities for passive and active learning are increasing in research communities?

I am a PhD student working on the theory of active learning. Over the years, accepted papers in COLT and ALT for active learning are focused on approaches that almost all of them define new ...
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### Detecting Erroneous Corrections

A block code $C$, with minimum distance $d$ can be used to: Detect $d - 1$ errors Correct $\lfloor\frac{d - 1}{2}\rfloor$ errors However, the above usually assumes that the number of errors that are ...
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### Information Bottleneck - Calculating the Mutual information between the Labels and the Features [closed]

I am trying to understand the Nonlinear Information Bottlecneck paper along with their implementation, but I am confused as to what is actually being calculated in the Mutual information $(I(Y, M))$ ...
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### Does Co-occurrence Information Differ Qualitatively From Shannon and Algorithmic Information?

In Distributed Computation as Hierarchy Michael Manthey argues that co-occurrence of indistinguishables (critical for quantum theory) supplies spatial information that qualitatively differs from both ...
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### What are the two quantities involved in the tradeoff for a language to follow Zipf's law?

In any human (and non-human) language the frequency distribution of words follows Zipf's law, which states that the slope of the linear regression for the frequency distribution of words vs the rank ...
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### Can information, eg. Shannon Entropy, be considered an absolute value?

This question is a distillation of my question here: How do I calculate the information content of a mass spectrum? Using a theoretical instrument that makes perfect measurements of fundamental ...
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### How much information does it take to specify, not each member of a group, but any one member?

It takes exactly $\log_2 n := \lg n$ bits of information to specify a number from $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}.$ Likewise, it takes $\lg{n\choose s}$ bits of information to specify a subset of $s$ out of the $n$ ...
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### How do I calculate the information content of a mass spectrum?

Ions in a mass spectrum are represented using two independent values for the mass-to-charge ratio [m/z] of the ion and it's relative abundance. Here's an example for caffeine from HMDB: https://hmdb....
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### Looking for information on Information Theory applied to image pixelation

I'm in seventh grade and am doing a science project about how age and gender affects people's ability to recognize pixelated images. For background research I have been reading about information ...
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### Modelling channels without specifying input alphabets

The standard mathematical model of a communication channel is that of a stochastic matrix $(C(x|a))_{a \in A, x \in X}$, where $A$ is the input alphabet and $X$ the output alphabet. This definition ...
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### Generalizing Fano's inequality

Fano's inequality says the following: Theorem: Let $X$ be a random variable with range $M$. Let $\hat{X} = g(Y)$ be the predicted value of $X$ given some transmitted value $Y$, where $g$ is a ...
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### meaning of "algorithms that do not resample points" in the algorithms that do not resample points theorem

The No Free Lunch theorems for search and optimization demonstrate that for search/optimization problems in a limited search space, where the points being searched through are not resampled, the ...
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### Can theoretical computer science be combined with mechanism and information design and applications in financial markets

I am considering to take a position as a phd student in a computer science department. I am a mathematician with a master degree in finance and my research interests are mainly focused in game theory. ...
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### Maximize the mutual information between 2 discrete random variables

I have two random variables $X$ and $Y$. $X$ follows Poisson-Binomial distribution with parameters $\{q_1, \ldots, q_k\}$. Thus, $X$ can take values in the set $\{0,1,\ldots,k\}$. $Y$ is a binary ...
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### Approximate (in hamming distance) subset representation

Let us have a set $S$ and a subset $T \subseteq S$. I want to find an approximate representation of $T$, i.e. I want to represent (exactly) a set $T'$ that is close to $T$. That is, I want the ...
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### "Looking for help understanding a proof by Gossner (1998)."

Although there is no use of cryptographic protocols in Gossner (1998), the author refers to protocols of communication and he has a main result that I struggle to prove, because he does not use a ...
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### Does any physical process constitute a "computation"? [closed]

I am trying to sharpen the convex hull of what seems like a (surprisingly) stubborn concept to enclose based on answers here, as well as conversations with others, around the nature of what actually ...
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### Upper bound on the expected number of correct bits via a "lossy compression"

Consider the following "compression problem" for a pair $(C,D)$ of algorithms: $C$ receives a uniformly random $x \in \{0,1\}^n$ and outputs a smaller bit string $y \in \{0,1\}^s$. Algorithm ...
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### Information and Coding Theory Texts

I am coming from a pure mathematics (in analysis) background and am curious to learn some information and coding theory. I am after some recommendations on texts. Due to my personal background I am ...
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### Does this notion of entropy have a name?

Recently I stumbled upon the following notion of entropy which seems quite natural to me. I am looking for its "real" name and/or any references where it might come up. I tried searching ...
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### sophistication or logical depth to detect intelligent extra-terrestrial species

From my understanding, Algorithmic information theory (AIT) gives some ways to define the amount of « structure » in a string: for example sophistication or logical depth (see for instance ), can ...
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### Deterministic one way communication complexity for message with arbitrary length

Let Alice have a binary string of length $n$ that it wants to send to Bob along a one-bit communication channel. However, Bob does not know the length of the message. I have been looking into ...
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### Error in entropy properties in Mathematical Theory of Cryptography by Claude E. Shannon

I am reading this classic paper by Claude E. Shannon and I think there may be a couple of errors in his description of the properties of Entropy/Uncertainty. The screenshot shown at the bottom of this ...
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### Explicit Bits-back Coding (a.k.a. Free Energy Coding) applied to Gaussian mixtures

I've been trying to understand Bits-back coding (Frey, B. J., and G. E. Hinton. 1997.) a bit more (pun intended), which can be used to encode data with latent variable models. This tutorial by Pieter ...
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### Notation of sequences in rate distortion theory

I have been reading whatever sources I could get my hands on today, regarding this problem. Most notes online about rate distortion theory come from the book Elements of Information Theory by Thomas ...
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### Expected vs worst-case communication complexity

In the set disjointness problem of 2-party communication complexity, Alice and Bob are both given an $n$-bit string as input; denoted by $X$ for Alice's input, and $Y$ for Bob's input. They need to ...
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### Strong data-processing inequality: bound $TV(T_{\#}P_0,T_{\#}P_1)$ if $\|T(x)-x\|_\infty \le \varepsilon;\forall x \in \mathbb R^p$

Disclaimer. I've moved this question from MO hoping that here is the right venue. Also, this is my first post on this channel, so please have some patience. So, Iet $X = (X,d)$ be a Polish space, ...
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### Representing data with Shannon entropy predicted bits

Let us assume a file based on a character set where each character has equal probability of occurance. This will result in the maximum entropy for that character set. On calculating the entropy, let ...
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### Maximization of Mutual Information

Let $X\in\{0,1\}^d$ be a Boolean vector and $Y, Z\in\{0,1\}$ are Boolean variables. Assume that there is a joint distribution $\mathcal{D}$ over $Y, Z$ and we'd like to find a joint distribution \$\...
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