On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 05:20:28AM -0800, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> Besides, any such quantitative measure does not take sequence into
> account. A book or file which is completely scrambled down to the
> level of characters or pixels has the same quantity of entropy
> displacement as the in tact text. To reduce information to quantity
> alone means that a 240k text file can be rearranged to be 40kb of
> nothing but 1s and then 200kb of nothing but 0s and have the same
> amount of information and entropy. It's a gross misunderstanding of
> how information works.
> Craig

Rearranging the text file to have 40KB of 1s and 200KB of 0s
dramatically reduces the information and increases the entropy by the
same amount, although not nearly as much as completely scrambling the
file. I'd say you have a gross misunderstanding of how these measures
work if you think otherwise.


Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
Principal, High Performance Coders
Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
University of New South Wales          http://www.hpcoders.com.au

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