On 1/26/2012 3:32 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
Ok, so how does it effect the entropy of the structures? The red
house, the white house, and the mixed house (even if an interesting
pattern is made in the bricks), all behave in a physically identical
way, do they not?
No they don't. They reflect photons differently; which is why you could use the pattern
to send a message.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about information as defined by Shannon. Shannon's
information is relative to the uncertainty in a message. So it depends on how you define
the possible messages. If different patterns of red and white legos constitute the
possible messages, then you can measure the information capacity of this message system by
Shannon's formula. It's *not* the measure of some particular message - it's the measure
of the *capacity* of the message system.
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