The University of Sussex

Links between content and information-content

Christopher Thornton

The paper tries to clarify the precise sense in which information-content, as defined in communication theory, can be said to quantify meaning. It is shown that in general, the information-content of a message or event is not a single value but a set of values, and that deciding whether information-content quantifies the meaning of a specific message involves making assumptions about the cognitive abilities of the receiver.

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